Businesses of all sizes are gathering at an event in Pontypridd to hear how they can directly benefit from the £700m investment in the South Wales Metro.
We are about to embark on a second procurement exercise to select a number of suppliers onto a framework agreement that will be used during the construction of the South Wales Metro.
The framework will be in multiple lots to deliver a wide range of construction opportunities including general construction works such as stations and platforms, electrification works, signalling and communications and trackwork. The initial purpose of the framework will be to deliver the infrastructure needed for the South Wales Metro, however it will be a Wales-wide framework envisaged to be worth around £1bn.
Speaking ahead of the event, Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates said: "The South Wales Metro is not just about delivering much needed improvements in integrated transport in the area, we have always been clear that we want to ensure Wales as a whole benefits from the investment.
"To achieve this, there will be a requirement for larger suppliers to demonstrate how they will work with smaller suppliers across Wales. They must also demonstrate a commitment to providing local employment and how they're investing in training and skills development. It's a fantastic opportunity to showcase and fully utilise the talent and services we have on our doorstep - supporting and securing local jobs in the process."
Geoff Ogden, Interim Managing Director at Transport for Wales said: "Work on procuring an Operator and Development Partner (ODP) for the next Wales and Borders Rail Service and Metro is progressing well. We're now looking for a number of suppliers to work on an alliancing basis with the ODP and ourselves to deliver the South Wales Metro.
“Through this event, we aim to facilitate businesses of all sizes to network and come together to bid for a place on the framework in one of potentially four lots. The intention is to award multiple work packages lasting a number of years within each Lot with one or more suppliers appointed depending upon volume of anticipated works. This will give successful suppliers a long-term workload to encourage investment.”
The contract notice with a call for competition will be issued in January. Businesses wanting to know more or bid for work should register their details on www.sell2wales.gov.wales.