Work on the new £100m depot for the South Wales Metro has begun and from here, support will be provided to all vehicles on the system.
Transport for Wales (TfW) has started the work with the depot, which is located in Taff’s Well, with the aim for it to be up and running by 2022. This forms part of a wider £5bn investment as part of the project where the transport infrastructure in Wales will be transformed.
The depot will provide maintenance on trams as well as stabling services for vehicles while there will be a control centre located here to oversee the running of the network.
Simon Rhoden, the Director of rail services infrastructure at TfW, has said that they are working with the Welsh Government to deliver a transport network that provides a huge number of benefits to the people of Wales. The demolition works at the site creates the start of the project and the journey that will result in South Wales benefiting from a fully-integrated metro system.
This is the first step in a significant investment, where the entire transport network in South Wales will become one that is fit for purpose in the world that we live in. The entire area will benefit socially, economically and environmentally.
This new metro network has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government. Last month TfW awarded the first early contractor involvement contracts to begin creating the Metro’s control systems, stations and maintenance depots.
Ken Skates, the Economy and Transport Minister has said that the project is a clear indication of the commitments that are being made in improving the rail services in Wales. The new network will create vital transport links for communities while also becoming one of the most modern systems in the UK.
Therefore, the depot in Taff’s Well will play a pivotal role and so, the work is underway, allowing the project to gather momentum.
The CEO of TfW has said that it is crucial that the work has started and that this depot will become a central facility for Transport for Wales and so, this is a key milestone in the entire journey, eventually ending with a Metro network that serves the people of South Wales.