Mick Antoniw, Assembly Member for Pontypridd has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to site the £100 million state-of-the-art Metro depot facility in Taff’s Well on the old Forgemasters site.

The site will service 36 of the new Metro vehicles that will operate services on the Taff Vale lines and eventually be the base for 400 train crew and 35 Metro vehicle maintenance staff.   The new Taff’s Well depot will also be home to an integrated control centre for the South Wales Metro employing 52 staff.

In addition to the new depot facilities, Taff’s Well station will also be modernised as part of a £194m investment in station improvements.  A park and ride facility will also be created to enable commuters to use the South Wales Metro.  Clearance and construction work is expected to start in 2019 and be completed by mid-2022.

Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement Mick Antoniw said,

“This is fantastic news for jobs and further establishes the Pontypridd area as at the centre of the transport revolution in Wales.

“I welcome the revitalisation of this former industrial area and the high-quality jobs and opportunities for apprenticeships it will bring.

“Of course, it is vital that any disruption during the construction phase is minimised and that the site does not have an adverse impact on people’s lives.  I’ll be working with Taff Well’s local Councillor to ensure that this is the case and that local people are engaged as the project develops.”