South Wales Metro brings opportunities for local businesses

South Wales Metro vehicle - artist's impression.

Welsh businesses are being urged to get involved with the construction of South Wales Metro. As part of an initiative by Transport for Wales and Alun Griffiths, the principal contractor for the project.

A drop-in event at Taff’s Well has been arranged to explain how suppliers will have a major opportunity to get involved in the £738 million transformation of the South Wales Metro, which has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.

The project includes a new £100 million tram-train depot and control centre in Taff’s Well, and the construction and upgrading of several Metro stations. As a result, a wide range of opportunities will be available to local firms, from installing Wi-Fi, CCTV, lifts and fire alarms, to plumbing, piling and building toilet facilities.

Station upgrade work will be spread across the Metro network, from Cardiff to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney and Coryton.

These opportunities are coming about as TfW and Alun Griffiths are preparing the railway for innovative new rolling stock, a high-frequency ‘turn-up-and-go’ service and better integration between modes of transport, to create a world-class transport network for the people of South Wales .

James Price, Transport for Wales.

Transport for Wales CEO James Price said: “I’m delighted that in partnership with Alun Griffiths, we are offering these significant opportunities for the local business community to get involved in the building of the South Wales Metro.

“At TfW, we’re committed to sustainable and ethical procurement. This includes ensuring that we create opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises to play a role in the once-in-a-generation project to transform the public transport network of South Wales.”

Shaun Thompson, Alun Griffiths.

Shaun Thompson, rail director at Alun Griffiths, added: “As a Welsh-based civil engineering company, we are proud to be working with TfW and involved in these prestigious projects.

“Both will deliver significant, local economic benefits and create opportunities for Welsh SMEs and job seekers alike in South Wales.”

Alun Griffiths is principal contractor for the stations and civils works as well as site preparation for a £100 million tram-train depot and integrated control centre in Taff’s Well, north of Cardiff.

In addition, Balfour Beatty has been contracted to supply permanent way and traction power – most of the core Valley lines will receive 25kV overhead electrification – while Siemens Mobility will deliver signalling works.

Work that could be on offer to local businesses in South Wales includes the provision of:

Barrier installationsFormworkPre-cast concrete
Bicycle provisionGround supportPublic address systems
BrickworkHeating and ventilationScaffolding
Bridge jointsKerb layingSolar panels
Building EnvelopeLandscapingSteel fixing
CCTVLiftsSteelwork fabrication/erection
Concrete cuttingLightingStreet lighting
Concrete floor specialistsMajor steelworkSuspended flooring
Cranes and cranageMechanical and ElectricalToilets
Diamond drillingPainting and DecoratingTraffic management
Doors and windowsPartition/stud wallingVehicle bollards
External claddingPassenger information systemsWaiting shelters
Fire alarm systemPlaster work/skim coatWhite lining
Fire suppressionPlatform systems/or materialsWi-Fi
Floor coveringsPlumbing

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