Multi-million pound train depot for Walesnews
4th July 2018
Plans to build a £100m train depot near Cardiff have been revealed by the Welsh government. The new depot, which is at the village of Taff’s Well, will house and service 36 new Metro trains.
Construction is expected to start in 2019 and finish by mid 2022. TfW will obtain construction companies for the project through Sell2Wales and the Stride framework. The Transport for Wales depot will then be the base of around 35 metro vehicle maintenance staff, 400 train crew and a South Wales Metro control centre.
The train station at Taff's Well will also be modernised and a park-and-ride facility added as part of the £194m investment in station improvements by the Welsh government.
The Canton depot and other existing South Wales depots will also benefit from a £5m investment to modernise maintenance facilities, in order to support the new tri-mode rolling stock which will be introduced as part of the new service.
Treherbert and Rhymney will benefit from enhanced stabling facilities, while the station at Rhymney will be upgraded to accommodate more trimode rolling stock.
Ken Skates, Economy Secretary, 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."
He continued "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."
Written by Ian Johnson