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Transport for Wales – Core Valley Lines

Transport for Wales (TfW) has been established by the Welsh Government to drive forward the Welsh Government’s vision of a high quality, safe, integrated, affordable and accessible transport network that the people of Wales are proud of. TfW is key to delivering the Welsh Government’s key themes as set out in Prosperity for All: The National Strategy.

On behalf of the Welsh Ministers, TfW have procured Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Limited (KAWCL) (operating as Transport for Wales Rail Services) to deliver rail services for the South Wales Metro project. The vision is to provide a service that is truly 'turn up and go', with better integration with other modes of transport, including buses, and flexible ticketing options. Travellers will be able to move easily across the south-east Wales region with improved capacity, improved quality and improved passenger information.

The Core Valley Lines (CVL) programme of works forms a significant part of the South Wales Metro project with a £738m transformation budget (including £136m contribution from the European Regional Development Fund) covering a broad spectrum of rail type works, to both improve and renew existing assets. Transport for Wales Rail Services will be responsible for management of the design, development and delivery of the investment to transform the CVL, which will include but is not limited to:

  • Provision of a new rail depot at Taffs Well to stable & service train and operate the network.
  • Refurbishment of stations to enhance passenger experience.
  • Extension of stations by creating new platforms.
  • Electrification of a significant amount of the rail network to reduce travel time and allow use of new metro carriages.
  • Renew / upgrade tracks as required.

KeolisAmey (the joint venture owners of Transport for Wales Rail Services) have extensive experience in delivering works of a similar nature via the operation and maintenance of both the Docklands Light Railway (London) and Metrolink (Manchester).

The terms of the Grant Agreement in place between Welsh Ministers and Transport for Wales Rail Services, allows for an element of self-delivery of the CVL transformation works. However, TfW have a vision of creating a lasting legacy in Wales and therefore a significant proportion of the works will be competitively tendered and awarded to both large companies and small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Where works are not to be self-delivered by Transport for Wales Rail Services, they will assist TfW in undertaking supply chain engagement and procuring suppliers to deliver robust and fair supplier agreements that reflect TfW values, with resultant contracts entered into between TfW and the supplier.

For information relating to potential opportunities for the Core Valley Lines programme, please refer to following link:  

Transport for Wales
Amey Keolis Infrastructure/Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited
Transport for Wales Rail Services / Keolis Amey Operations Limited

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Low value notice below the EU thresholds Relates to a project/programme financed by EU Funds 
Sustainable Development Manager
Reference No: SEP309420
Published By: Siemens Mobility Limited
Deadline Date: 27-Sep-19
Notice Type: Contract Notice