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Rail infrastructure projects boost South Wales Metro plans

Words: Roger Milne
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The Welsh Government has announced funding worth nearly £100 million for a new train depot at Taff’s Well, about seven miles north of the capital, as part of proposals for the South Wales Metro.

The facility will house and service 36 of the new Metro rolling stock, which will operate on the Taff Vale lines.

The complex will also become the base for 400 train crews, 35 Metro vehicle maintenance staff and an integrated South Wales Metro control centre employing 52 staff.

The development, which is earmarked for the Garth Works estate at Taff’s Well, also includes the modernisation of the existing Taff’s Well rail station with a park-and-ride facility, designed to improve commuter access to the Metro network. This is part of the Welsh Government’s £194 million investment in Wales-wide station improvements,

There will be investment in enhanced stabling facilities in Treherbert and Rhymney, and an upgrade of the station at Rhymney to accommodate more and longer tri-mode rolling stock.   

Meanwhile, Spanish train-maker Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles has been named as the preferred bidder to build new state-of-the art diesel trains at a new factory in Newport for the next Wales & Borders rail franchise.

Economy secretary Ken Skates said: “The construction of the Taff’s Well depot presents one of the first opportunities for Welsh suppliers to directly benefit from our £738 million investment in the South Wales Metro, which will see us creating a sustainable and connected transport infrastructure.”

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