More than 10,000 Transport for Wales services have been cancelled in the last three years.

The staggering figure has been obtained by the Welsh Conservatives and shows that since the operator took over rail services in October 2018, 10,579 were cancelled.

Transport for Wales was run by KeolisAmey from 2018 after they took over from Arriva Trains Wales however, Welsh Government has now taken over Transport for Wales.

Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives also show the number of delays on Transport for Wales services from October 2018 to the present day.

The numbers using public transport plummeted during the pandemic. In May 2020, Welsh Government estimated it had declined by 95% in the early days of the pandemic compared to the same period the year before.

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From 2018 to the end of the financial year in 2019, Transport for Wales ran a total of 149,441 trains of which 143,415 ran up to 15 minutes late, which more than doubled the following year to 317,419. That delay could be of a matter of seconds or longer.

In 2019-20, of the 336,671 services, 317,419 had a delay of up to 15 minutes.

The figure fell the following year, in 2020-21, when of the 217,245 services, 209,903 were up to 15 minutes late and in the current financial year 92,877 of the 97,276 services were up to 15 minutes late.

When it comes to services which were up to 30 minutes late, it was 1,349 services from October 2018 to April 19, rising to 4,721 the following year. In the pandemic hit 2020-21 it felt to 1,606 and so far this year 1,098 services.

Services up to 60 minutes late also jumped substantially between October 2018 and April 19 and 2019-20, up from 274 to 946. It dropped to 367 in 2020-21 and so far is 270.

From October 2018-19, 21 services were more than an hour late, rising by 100 the following year. In the 2020-21 pandemic year it fell to 59 and so far this year is 25.

From October 2018 to the end of the financial year, 1,398 services were cancelled. In 2019-20 that was 5,400 and the following year that figure fell to 2,533. So far this financial year 1,248 services were cancelled.

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A Transport for Wales spokesman said: "Our staff work incredibly hard to ensure trains run on time or as close to their scheduled time as possible.

"The number of services delayed by more than 15 minutes represents just 1% of our total number of services and customers are able to claim compensation for delays of more than 15 minutes using our Delay Repay service. We aim to keep cancellations to an absolute minimum and just 1% of our services have been cancelled this year. Unfortunately, cancellations are sometimes unavoidable due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather or incidents on the network.

"We understand delays and cancellations are frustrating for customers and TfW is investing heavily in new trains and infrastructure to improve performance across the Wales and Borders network."

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Asghar MS, said: "These might just look like numbers, but it must’ve been incredibly frustrating to the millions of people who were caught up in these delays and cancellations.

"Since Transport for Wales started running the show things have gone from bad to worse - and that’s not on. Commuters and visitors deserve better. They should be able to use our trains without fear of regular delays and cancellations, which in turn leaves people late for work or missing vital appointments.

"It is quite clear that nothing has improved since the Labour government nationalised the railway – despite them saying it would protect services and deliver infrastructure services. If we are to encourage people out of private cars and onto public transport – a rhetoric often chanted by Labour ministers – then we need to see some serious improvements to stop train delays and cancellations."