Transport for Wales (TfW) is taking advantage of the expected low numbers of travellers due to COVID-19 to deliver a major piece of infrastructure work.
Buses will replace trains for all rail services north of Radyr, a suburb to the northwest of Cardiff, from Sunday 3 January until Sunday 17 January.
This 14-day window will allow TfW to carry out major transformational engineering work for the South Wales Metro.
The South Wales Metro project, which has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government, will significantly improve connectivity throughout South Wales and provide access to jobs, leisure and other opportunities for the people of Wales, through unifying rail, bus and active travel routes.
Transport for Wales CEO James Price said: “At the start of 2020, we opened our Metro Hub at Treforest and started work on our £100 million depot at Taff’s Well. Throughout the year, our teams and partners have been working extremely hard, in difficult circumstances, to build the South Wales Metro.
“We’ll start 2021 with another leap forward in our transformational plans. We will replace trains with buses for services north of Radyr for 14 days, at a time of low demand due to COVID 19. This will allow our teams to push ahead with essential work as part of the creation of the next phase of the South Wales Metro.
“We’ve committed to ambitious plans at TfW, and it’s fundamental that we continue to move forward with our delivery.
As part of this 14-day engineering work, TfW will be undertaking vegetation control, ground investigations, design surveys, utility diversions, cable route installation, track access-point upgrades and essential track maintenance.