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South Wales Metro

South Wales Metro will deliver real benefits to passengers, linking communities together and helping to transform the economy.

We're developing a service that is truly 'turn up and go', with better integration with other modes of transport, including buses, and flexible ticketing options.  Travellers will be able to move easily across the south-east Wales region with improved capacity, improved quality and improved passenger information.

The South Wales Metro is an ambitious project linking people and jobs across South East Wales in a fast, efficient and environmentally positive way.  It will provide a fantastic platform to deliver sustainable economic development, in line with the 'Our Valleys, Our Future' initiative, by connecting people, communities and business to employment, services, facilities and markets through reliable, resilient infrastructure.

We have just announced our detailed plans for transforming transport in the South Wales Metro region.

Project updates

– Proposed Cardiff and Valleys Railways (Transfer) Order

An application is being made under the Transport and Works Act 1992 for a transfer of undertaking from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited to Transport for Wales. The primary aim of the order is to enable delivery of the enhancement works needed for the South Wales Metro, through transfer of the necessary statutory powers and responsibilities required.

The application and associated documents have been published to the ‘Documents’ tab of this page. Please note that these documents are available in English only.

– Llanwern

Transport for Wales is planning a range of exciting and transformative public transport developments in the Llanwern area.

The facilities include a new railway station with park and ride facilities and a major event stabling line. The station will feature a 150-metre length platform, a ramped footbridge connecting the station to access routes south of the line, ticket purchasing facilities, sheltered waiting areas and real time passenger information screens. 

The new station forms part of an integrated plan to regenerate the Llanwern area and benefit the local community. It will include road links with the Celtic Business Park and A4810 road, walking and cycling routes from the Glan Lyn housing development and the TATA steelworks site.

The initial phase of the project will deliver infrastructure to support major events. The planning application documents for this phase are available for review under the ‘Documents’ tab located within this page.  Please note that these documents are available in English only.
 

– Taffs Well Depot

Transport for Wales is proposing to construct a potential new rolling stock depot on land located at the Garth Works Industrial Estate in Taffs Well, subject to a forthcoming planning application.  The proposed scheme is required in connection with the development of the South Wales Metro Phase 2 Scheme, focusing specifically on the Core Valley Lines.

Transport for Wales is seeking to redevelop the site as a rolling stock depot (Taffs Well Depot) for use by the successful Operator and Development Partner currently being procured as part of the Wales and Borders Rail Service.  Public consultation forms an integral part of the planning process in order for any concerns or issues to be highlighted and resolved.  The planning application documents are available for review under the ‘Documents’ tab located within this page.  Please note that these documents are available in English only.

 

– Strategic Environmental Assessment for the South Wales Metro

A Strategic Environmental Assessment has been undertaken for the South Wales Metro project.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a European Union (Directive 2001/42/EC) requirement that seeks to provide a high level of protection to the environment by integrating environmental considerations into the process of preparing certain plans and programmes, in this case for the South Wales Metro.

The SEA is produced with a view to promoting sustainable development, by ensuring that, in accordance with the Directive (2001/42/EC), an environmental assessment is carried out of certain plans and programmes which are likely to have significant effects on the environment. The SEA is available for review under the ‘Documents’ tab of this page. Please note that these documents are available in English only.

The assessment has been carried out based on the proposals and interventions as they are currently understood. It is likely that changes will emerge from the tender process and therefore further updates to the documentation may be required, including the potential for further environmental assessment.

 

Related documents

Proposed Cardiff and Valleys Railways (Transfer) Order

Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Limited is applying for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 for a transfer of undertaking from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited to Transport for Wales. This includes a transfer of Network Rail’s related statutory powers and responsibilities. The Order also includes provision for TfW to reach agreements for the transferred powers and responsibilities to be exercised by the applicant.

Llanwern

Transport for Wales are submitting a planning application seeking full planning permission for the design and construction of a 1.6km long Major Events Stabling Line (MESL) on land adjacent to the existing Tata Steelworks Service Lines in Llanwern, South Wales. This is Phase 1 of the Llanwern Rail Facilities Programme. The MESL will be used for stabling of rolling stock for major events in the area, to enable flexibility for future train requirements, and proving of trains prior to use on the rail network. The MESL will be electrified in a future phase of work.

Planning Reports

Application Forms

Drawings

Strategic Environmental Assessment

This Strategic Environmental Assessment was conducted to assess the environmental impact of a range of transport options suggested for the development of the South Wales Metro.

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