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25 June 2018
Train development in Neath Port Talbot

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New train scheme in Neath Port Talbot

A follow up to a Reader's letter

Plans for a £100m rail testing complex to work on next generation train technology have been revealed in south Wales.

It is at an early stage but it could be built on the site of a mothballed opencast mine in Neath Port Talbot.

Transport Secretary Ken Skates said he wants Wales to become a "major hub" for the UK and European rail industry.

It comes after KeolisAmey won the deal to run Wales and Border rail services and to develop the South Wales Metro.

The complex would allow trains to be tested on special tracks.

The facility would be involved in the development of next generation hydrogen and battery powered trains.

It would also test infrastructure, help develop digital signalling technology and also be used for storage, decommissioning, maintenance and servicing. 

Similar places already operate in Germany and the Czech Republic but these have one-year waiting lists. 

Rob Jones, leader of Neath Port Talbot council, said it was exciting news.

"There is further work to do but this project is a clear statement of intent to deliver real change for the Valleys," he said.

Source:  BBC News Site

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