First phase of the South West Metro transformation complete with line reopening

First phase of the South West Metro transformation complete with line reopening

The first phase of transformational engineering works on the South Wales Metro has been completed with the Cardiff – Pontypridd line reopening today.

Engineering works on the Aberdare and Merthyr lines will continue until 12 June however.

The South Wales Metro project is an ambitious project with electrification due across nearly 170km of track on the lines surrounding Cardiff alongside upgrading all of the signalling and stations along the tracks.

The project will also mean a huge multi-million pound upgrade to Cardiff Central train station to incorporate the new metro station alongside another two new planned stations across the network.

The works on the Aberdare and Merthyr lines has meant a large part of the line that will serve the new metro and rail services has now been electrified. This has meant installation of overhead wires across the line, new metal masts installed and upgraded signalling have all been completed.

It is hoped that the final part of the electrification on the Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare, Coryton, Rymney and Treherbert, known as the core valley lines will be completed later this year.

Marie Daly, chief customer and culture officer at Transport for Wales said:

“We’ve taken a huge step forward in delivering the South Wales Metro and electrified the first part of the railway line in the valleys.  In the near future, this will allow us to run faster, cleaner and more efficient services.

“We will also reopen the line between Cardiff and Pontypridd on 5 June.

“Unfortunately, some of our planned engineering work is over-running while we complete all the necessary checks to allow the infrastructure to be reopened safely.”

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