The South Wales Metro has taken another step in the right direction. Transport for Wales has now awarded three companies and so, they can now begin the preparatory work on the South Wales Metro which has been priced at a cost of £738m.
This announcement has indicated that Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens are being given the roles of building the control systems, stations and maintenance depots for the South Wales Metro. This is a serious move and highlights that the ball is rolling as the project begins to gather momentum.
The Chief Executive of Transport for Wales, James price has said that the South Wales Metro is a highly anticipated yet exciting project that has been in the pipeline for some time and that it comes with significant importance. Therefore, Transport for Wales will now be working with three highly reputable companies, as they begin work on the first stages of delivering a new kind of public transport to the area.
The entire region of South Wales will benefit from the development of the Metro and the local economy will certainly benefit. Jobs will be created directly while the local supply chain will also benefit.
Transport for Wales will form a close relationship with all three companies, ensuring that all work towards making this vision a reality. This will ensure that people in the region will benefit from a safe, affordable and integrated transport network that are also easily accessible by those who live in the region. Ultimately, the aim is to deliver a network that the people of Wales can be proud of.
So, this is the beginning of a huge investment of £5bn in the transport infrastructure throughout the whole of Wales. The manager of Balfour Beatty Rail, Nick Rayner has said that the announcement has marked a milestone in the delivery of the project and the investment made in the South Wales Metro project. Therefore, once it is completed, transport links will be improved significantly.
All three companies will work on the project, ensuring that they deliver their part of the agreement, helping the project get on its feet and underway. It seems as though this highly-anticipated scheme is now gathering momentum and that should please the people of South Wales.