Mott MacDonald is to provide engineering consultancy services for the procurement of the next Wales & Borders franchise and for the development and delivery of the South Wales Metro.
Over the next two years the company will examine new Metro enhancements including new stations and upgrades, capacity and speed improvements. It will also investigate increased service frequency and the potential for the core Valley lines to be converted to light rail. Improvements to intermodal facilities and bus corridors will be studied. The contract was awarded by Transport for Wales.
Mott MacDonald Engineering Manager Paul Maliphant said: “South Wales Metro has the potential to significantly change Wales for the better. It will improve connections between labour markets and residential communities, creating new opportunities for regional tourism and recreation assets.”
The commission is due to end in the first quarter of 2018, with potential for a one-year extension. The Wales & Borders franchise will be awarded by the end of 2018 and will include delivery of the South Wales Metro.