The South Wales Metro took another important step forward after crucial work was completed on the project over the Christmas break.
Transport for Wales (TfW) updated the industry this week, explaining that from 24 December until 7 January, the railway was closed between Pontypridd and both Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare.
This blockade meant that TfW and its partners could push ahead non-stop on essential infrastructure works. These works included the removal of Devil’s Footbridge, installing more than 63,000 metres of fibre-optic cable to upgrade signalling equipment and over 100 trial holes and a mixture of foundations completed ahead of line electrification.
The transformation of the Core Valley Lines for the Metro has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government. The ambition is for faster, more frequent services between Cardiff and the heads of the valleys.
As part of the work, teams also successfully installed 150 metres of track, including five switching and crossing panels.
Karl Gilmore, rail infrastructure director at TfW, said: “We safely and successfully completed another blockade on the Core Valley Lines, which means another forward step in delivering the South Wales Metro for the people of Wales.
“We were able to deliver key infrastructure works that will allow us to electrify the line and prepare it for the introduction of brand-new tram-trains in the coming years.
“Our teams and partners worked continuously over the Christmas break to minimise disruption to the travelling public.
“I’d like to thank our teams and partners for their dedication and hard work in testing weather conditions and also to the travelling public and our lineside neighbours for their understanding and continued support.”
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