A new report highlighting the challenges and opportunities of the South Wales Metro launched yesterday (Monday, October 8th) at an event in Cardiff.
The launch was supported by Capital Law and other partners, including Arup and IWA, the authors of the report and stakeholders from industry, civil society and government discussed the implications of this major infrastructure investment.
Speakers and delegates unpacked some of the many challenges and opportunities that the project raises. For example, what sort of homes does the region need? Where should we build them? What sort of economy do we want or will we get? And what sort of jobs and skills does that imply? How do we build a new future for the region whilst respecting and engaging all its communities?
Earlier this year, Welsh Government announced that KeolisAmey would replace Arriva as the operator of rail services in Wales. As well as running the next Wales and Borders franchise, KeolisAmey will also design and build the next phase of the Metro project, including the electrification of the core Valley Lines. And just last week First Minister Carwyn Jones confirmed £119million of EU funding has been secured to progress work on the Metro project.
“As exemplified by the collection of essays in the “Metro & Me” publication, we must view the Metro as more than a transport project and as catalyst for change, so we can begin to develop a region fit for the 21st century and our future generations. I am optimistic that we can, and in fact, we don’t have a choice. We must.”
Chris Nott, Senior Partner at Capital Law, who supported the creation of the Metro & Me report, said at its launch:
“The Metro could be a revolutionary development for South Wales and will allow the area to further contribute to the wider Welsh economy. For something so important, too few people are aware of what’s going on – the well-attended “Metro and Me” conference allowed people to find out more, whilst the accompanying publication debates the metro’s potential in more detail.”
You can read the Metro & Me report here.