South Wales control centre being readied for connection

South Wales Metro’s new £100 million maintenance and control centre at Taffs Well is taking a big step forward, with a start made on installing the rail connection.

A road bridge and tunnel is being constructed to reach the depot buildings next to the station, seven and a half miles north of Cardiff and close to the junctions of the Rhymney, Merthyr, Aberdare and Treherbert lines at Pontypridd.

The first stage, beginning on August 23 and due for completion on December 10, is to dig out a new short connecting tunnel. 

Some local roads will be closed from the end of October, and overbridge work will follow to be finished by autumn 2022.

Progress is also being made with the main building, which will accommodate rolling stock, 400 crew, 35 maintenance staff, and another 52 employees at the control centre. 

It is expected to be part-operational by next summer, with ten outside track roads created to stable the new Stadler Class 231 diesel and ‘756’ tri-mode units that have just begun trial running in Switzerland (RAIL 937). 

To read the full story, see RAIL 938.

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