We are developing proposals for a modern rail industry testing facility in South Wales.
Project status: planning
Region/county: south Wales
Start date: end 2017
End date: 2023/2024
Cost: approximately £100m
Partners: Neath Port Talbot Council and Powys Council.
What we are doing
We are developing proposals for a rail testing complex with 2 electrified oval tracks. They will allow for testing speeds of up to 110mph with the option for a tunnel section and a full platform environment for testing and training. Proposals include:
- a large, well-equipped maintenance facility
- secure storage for around 400 vehicles
- a decommissioning facility and an R&D innovation accelerator
- education centre with labs
- office space and training facilities in a dynamic environment
Why we are doing it
We want to deliver a world class train testing facility in the UK. We are confident this will be a significant attraction to investors and provide a vital service to UK and overseas based train manufacturers, the wider industry and the supply chain.
We have entered into a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Neath Port Talbot and Powys local authorities and in partnership we are developing a masterplan. We are looking at financial and commercial opportunities with the rail industry and are developing a planning application.
The preferred site is located in Onllwyn and Nant Helen in the Dulais valley on the Neath Port Talbot and Powys border.
We will look at feedback from industry stakeholders and the 2019 consultation.
The environmental impact assessment will influence the final proposals for a Global centre of rail excellence.
We will submit the planning application in early 2020.