A new state of the art train depot is to open in Taffs Well as part of plans for the South Wales Metro, Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced.
The Welsh Government will invest nearly £100m in the new Transport for Wales depot which will house and service 36 of the new Metro vehicles operating on the Taff Vale lines.
The depot will also become the base for 400 train crew, 35 Metro vehicle maintenance staff and a South Wales Metro integrated control centre employing 52 staff.
As part of the Welsh Government’s £194m investment in Wales-wide station improvements, Taffs Well will also see its railway station being modernised, with a park and ride facility to improve commuter access to the South Wales Metro.
The new depot at Taffs Well will complement existing South Wales depots including the one in Canton, which will benefit from around a £5m investment to modernise maintenance facilities so it can support the new tri-mode rolling stock being introduced as part of the new rail service.
There will also 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.
Ken Skates said: “Public investment with a social purpose is right at the heart of our new approach to rail and in line with our Economic Action Plan, and we are determined to ensure that our £5bn investment in rail services maximises opportunities for Welsh business, stimulates the Welsh economy and develops the local skills base, creating and supporting as many local jobs as possible.
“The construction of the Taff’s Well depot presents one of the first opportunities for Welsh suppliers to directly benefit from our £738m investment in the South Wales Metro which will see us creating a sustainable and connected transport infrastructure.
“I am genuinely excited about the benefits of this public sector investment making a real and tangible difference to Welsh businesses and communities.”
The Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet (CCR) has welcomed the announcement, with Councillor Andrew Morgan, Chair of the CCR Cabinet, and Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, expressing his delight.
He said: “The CCR Cabinet is pleased that Transport for Wales has moved so quickly to begin the process of making the South Wales Metro a reality.
“This news is not only a significant investment for the area, but it will create great opportunities for Welsh businesses through the supply chain and providing improved prospects for employment in the region.
“We look forward to seeing how the new investment complements existing South Wales depots and additional stabling facilities.”
Clearance and construction work for the new depot is expected to start in 2019 and complete by mid-2022.
Transport for Wales will procure construction companies for the new depot through Sell2Wales and the Stride framework to ensure that economic benefits for Wales are maximised.
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