Transport for Wales provides update on South Wales Metro construction
Following major works at the end of 2021, TfW is now one step closer to delivering the South Wales Metro for the people of Wales as construction work continues.
Credit: Transport for Wales
Transport for Wales (TfW) is continuing to move ahead with the construction of the South Wales Metro, with major works having been delivered in December 2021 and early January 2022.
From 24 December 2021 until the early hours of 7 January 2022, the railway was closed between Pontypridd and both Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare. The blockade allowed TfW and their partners to work around the clock on key infrastructure works.
This included the removal of Devil’s Footbridge; the installation of over 63,000m of fibre-optic cable for the upgrading of signalling equipment; and over 100 trial holes and a mixture of foundations completed in readiness for the electrification of the line. Teams on the ground also successfully installed 150m of track, including five switching and crossing panels.
“We safely and successfully completed another blockade on the Core Valley Lines, which means another forward step in delivering the South Wales Metro for the people of Wales. We were able to deliver key infrastructure works that will allow us to electrify the line and prepare it for the introduction of brand-new tram-trains in the coming years,” said Karl Gilmore, Rail Infrastructure Director at Transport for Wales.
“Our teams and partners worked continuously over the Christmas break to minimise disruption to the travelling public. I’d like to thank our teams and partners for their dedication and hard work in testing weather conditions, and also to the travelling public and our lineside neighbours for their understanding and continued support,” he added.
The transformation of the Core Valley Lines for the Metro has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh government, and will enable faster, more frequent services between Cardiff and the heads of the valleys.