South Wales Metro Bid Process Launched (Video)

South Wales Metro Bid Process Launched :Transport for Wales has launched the South Wales Metro procurement process and is seeking bids to design and construct the key phase of the integrated transport project, starting with electrification of the core Valley Lines. The Metro project is intended to provide better trains, faster buses and light rail or tram services in Cardiff and the valleys.

The deadline for bids is 16 September 2016.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, stated that “subject to a successful process” the contract will be awarded at the end of 2017.

Mr. Skates also stated that “construction will take place from 2019 with services operating as soon as possible.” Under the present plan electrification of the Valley Lines will commence in 2019 and will be completed by 2022/2023.

First Minister Carwyn Jones has stated recently that government would press ahead with the project but warned it could take longer to deliver following the Brexit.

Mr Skates added: “We have already started work on a number of studies to help us deliver an outline business case for Metro North and we are working with key stakeholders to modernise the transport offer across the region.”
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Consultancy firm Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Transport for Wales to provide advisory expertise during the procurement process.

The winning bidder will also run the next Wales and Borders rail franchise from October 2018.

The contract includes the possibility of other project phases following in the next 10 to 15 years, including new lines and stations.
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French transport company Keolis is known to be preparing a bid jointly with UK engineering consultants and public service providers Amey. In 2014 KeolisAmey Docklands, a joint venture formed between Keolis and Amey, was awarded the franchise to operate and maintain the Docklands Light Railway until 2021.

Current operator Arriva Trains Wales is also expected to compete, by teaming up with a construction partner. Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation has confirmed its firm interest in bidding.
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Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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