Work to Link South Wales Metro Control Centre to the Rail Network Begins

Work will begin later this month to link the South Wales Metro Control Centre to the rail network.

Transport for Wales Taffs Well Control Centre
Transport for Wales Taffs Well Control Centre

This is in preparation for the arrival of the new 150m GBP (176.53m euros | 208.98m USD) fleet of metro tram-trains.

The scheme includes raising the road bridge and creating a new tunnel to join the 100m GBP (117.67m euros | 139.32m USD) control centre, maintenance facility and depot in Taff’s Well, Cardiff to the network.

Phase 1 will involve work to prepare the site for the new tunnel between 23 August and 10 December.

Pending planning approval, Phase 2 will involve building the new bridge by autumn 2022. This will require the closure of Ffordd Bleddyn for the length of the work, between the junction off Cardiff Road and the entrance to Taff’s Well railway station car park.

The Taff Trail pedestrian and cycle path along this section of Ffordd Bleddyn will also be closed from the 25 October.

Ffordd Bleddyn tunnel
Ffordd Bleddyn tunnel

The station itself will remain open to the public throughout the work.

Karl Gilmore, Transport for Wales’ Rail Infrastructure Director, said:

“We have a significant amount of work to carry out to create the South Wales Metro and this is a crucial phase of the development.

“We understand this is a lengthy road closure, however it’s unavoidable due to the complexity of the tunnel construction. We’re working closely with the local authorities to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

“We will do everything we can to work responsibly by ensuring our sites are well managed and our people are considerate to our neighbours.”

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