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South Wales Metro work set to start on Rhymney line

Class 170. Photo credit: Transport for Wales

Transport for Wales (TfW) has begun work in Caerphilly county borough to start building the South Wales Metro.

The South Wales Metro will open a range of job, business, education and other opportunities for the people and businesses of South Wales by making travelling easier, quicker and more convenient for all in the future.

South Wales Metro map

The work is being carried out as part of the Cardiff City Deal. This is a £1.3 billion deal to unlock significant economic growth across the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) and includes £738million for the design, deliver and implementation of the South Wales Metro. Funding consists of £158m from the European Union, £445m from the Welsh and £125m from the UK Government.

Along with their partners, TfW will be:

  •  Electrifying and modernising around 170 km of track – mostly installing overhead line equipment to power our new trains
  • Upgrading all our stations and signalling
  • Building at least five new stations in and around Cardiff
  • Modifying bridges, level crossings and signalling equipment
  • Cutting back overgrown vegetation alongside the existing railway corridor

All residents across the county borough that live in properties within 200m of the Rhymney line will receive a letter from TfW to notify them of the planned work set to take place. Caerphilly County Borough Council want to let residents know that TfW are doing all they can to be considerate to our communities and businesses through finding ways to keep disruption and noise to a minimum.

Cllr Sean Morgan, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “I am so pleased to welcome the start of the works to our Rhymney line. This is a really exciting time for transport in Wales and I am so pleased that our residents will start to see physical progress.”

He continued: “The South Wales Metro will have a positive social, economic and environmental effect, connecting communities and transforming the way we travel around the Cardiff Capital Region. I am looking forward to the completion of this first stage of the Metro.”