South Wales (Metro Rail News): Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens Mobility have recently been awarded contracts.
This is a part of the procurement process for the first projects of the South Wales Metro, which includes control systems, track work, stations, along with the new fleet maintenance depot in Taff’s Well.
ECI contracts are awarded for preparatory work in order to allow the development of plans and design work ahead of the major stages of the procurement process for all engineering projects.
All three of the companies are to now be working with Transport for Wales (TfW) on these projects.
It will include working to establish a high-quality supply chain with local Welsh businesses.
Transport for Wales are transforming the transport sector across the Wales and Borders network with a £5 billion investment programme.
The programme is focused on improving the customer experience, as well as improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.
What did the officials have to say?
James Price, Chief Executive of Transport for Wales, said that the South Wales Metro is one of our most important and exciting projects, and I’m delighted that Transport for Wales will be working with three renowned companies on the first crucial stages of our plans to transform public transport, both in the South Wales region and throughout the Wales and Borders network as a whole. The development of the Metro will be a major boost to the local economy of South Wales, creating jobs directly and in the local supply chain. We will work closely with Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens as they help us develop our vision of a high quality, safe, integrated, affordable and accessible transport network of which the people of South Wales are proud.
Shaun Thompson, Rail Director at Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd said that we are delighted to be working collaboratively with TfW on this exciting development. As a Welsh company who self-delivers, it enables us to recruit and train new local employees, enhancing the economy in Wales. Being involved right from the start on these ECI contracts, allows our people to add value by innovating, promoting health and safety and reducing risk.
Rob Morris, Managing Director of Rail Automation in the UK for Siemens Mobility, said that We are delighted to have been awarded this ECI contract and to build further on the success of the projects we have already delivered in South Wales. Our experienced and rapidly-growing team is now looking forward to working closely with TfW and the local supply chain on this exciting programme of work.
Mick Rayner, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Rail business, said that Today marks a significant milestone in the delivery of Transport for Wales’ investment programme and the South Wales Metro project, which on completion will significantly improve transport links in South Wales. Utilising our unrivalled expertise in electrification and our deep experience in the installation of new tracks, we are perfectly positioned to work with Transport for Wales during the early contractor involvement phase to develop the design of this highly anticipated scheme.