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Welsh Ministers talk up Metro project

Words: Roger Milne

The government has launched a publicity campaign detailing the key elements of its planned integrated public transport scheme for South Wales, known as the Metro project.

The scheme would see a substantial increase in speed and frequency of public transport right across the region, using a combination of, heavy rail, light rail and bus rapid transit, as well as other infrastructure improvements and integrated ticketing.

Trams could replace heavy rail trains on several routes across South Wales, providing faster and more frequent services.

“The Metro is far more than just a transport project. It will be a catalyst for transforming the economic and social prospects of South East Wales and the country as a whole,” said first minister Carwyn Jones.

The rail portion of the Metro will be run and managed by a not-for-dividend company being set up by the Welsh Government to operate the rail franchise on its behalf after 2018.