Construction has started on Transport for Wales’s 100 million GBP metro control centre and depot at Taff’s Well.
The new depot will house a maintenance facility that will service and home the new tram-train metro vehicles. The control centre will oversee metro operations such as signalling and train movements.
The South Wales Metro will unify rail, bus and active travel options, making jobs, leisure activities and other destinations more accessible. The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh government.
The new Taff’s Well depot will be the base for around 400 train crew, 35 train maintenance staff and 52 control centre staff.
“This is yet another major development in Transport for Wales’ plans to deliver the South Wales Metro for the people of South East Wales. At the start of this month we opened the Treforest Metro Infrastructure Hub, further up the valley, which will be the heart of transformation works and here today, we mark the start of the building of a new depot, from which the Metro will be operated.
“The South Wales Metro is an investment of three quarters of a billion pounds and this £100 million depot is a major part of that. It will act as a home for our brand-new Metro Vehicles, where servicing and maintenance will take place and the control centre will oversee running operations.
“Transport is being transformed in Wales and it’s great to see more real examples of progress.”
Transport for Wales says it will host a community event in March to allow local residents to learn more about the project and meet the delivery team.
“The South Wales Metro will revolutionise transport for local communities bringing quicker journeys, greater capacity, more frequent and reliable services with the offer of more affordable public transport.
“The ground-breaking ceremony here today is a further indication that we are delivering on our promises. Within a few years, the South Wales Metro will be operated from this depot and there’ll be approximately 500 staff working here.
“It’s a really exciting time for transport in Wales and great that our customers and the people of Wales can start to see physical progress.”
Work on the South Wales Metro is progressing well. Just over a week ago Transport for Wales opened the South Wales Infrastructure Hub in Treforest.
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