Welsh Government has confirmed that a new £100m Train Depot to support the South Wales Metro will be located in Rhondda Cynon Taf, delivering a further boost for local employment and the economy.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates AM this week announced that the facility will be developed at Taffs Well as part of plans for the South Wales Metro.
County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “This exciting announcement follows last week’s confirmation that KeolisAmey - a joint venture between French company Keolis and Spanish firm Amey - had been awarded the contract for running the Wales and Borders Rail Service, which includes the South Wales Metro and is set to bring vast improvements to commuters using the Valleys lines over the next few years.
“In addition to the transport benefits the South Wales Metro will deliver, Rhondda Cynon Taf is set to receive significant investment, both as a result of this £100m facility and the previous announcements that KeolisAmey will, alongside Transport for Wales, be occupying space at the Council’s flagship Taff Vale redevelopment once completed in 2019/2020.
“This week’s announcement comes as a further economic boost to Rhondda Cynon Taf, following the recent news that 1,700 jobs are set to be located in Treforest as the Department of Work and Pensions is set to relocate in the County Borough in 2021.
“We are continuing to invest strategically in RCT, and the fact that we are able to attract large employers and significant public bodies - such as the Welsh Revenue Authority and Health Improvement Wales - is testament to the success of our approach.
“This is another exciting development for Rhondda Cynon Taf, and the Council will continue to work with the Welsh Government, KeolisAmey and Transport for Wales to ensure that the public transport infrastructure is suited to the demands of the future.”
This investment has also been welcomed by the Cabinet of the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal because of its strategic importance to the wider transport infrastructure of the region.
Councillor Morgan, who is also Chair of the CCR Cabinet, added: “The CCR Cabinet is pleased that Transport for Wales has moved so quickly to begin the process of making the South Wales Metro a reality.
“This news is not only a significant investment for the area, but it will create great opportunities for Welsh businesses through the supply chain, and providing improved prospects for employment in the region.
“We look forward to seeing how the new investment complements existing South Wales depots and additional stabling facilities.”
Posted on Wednesday 13th June 2018