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Independent reporter to oversee Wales and Borders works

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An independent reporter is being sought to provide impartial advice on matters relating to the Wales and Borders franchise.

The independent reporter will be jointly appointed by Transport for Wales (TfW) and the Wales and Borders operator and development partner KeolisAmey. It will advise on asset management, safety and maintenance of the Core Valley Lines.

The independent body will also provide an “appropriate dispute resolution process” should TfW and KeolisAmey “fail to agree on any review, comment, approval or determination”.

The contract is worth £3.75M and bidders must be independent of both the KeolisAmey and TfW, to “provide its services and meet its duties impartially”.

The OJEU notice also notes that the reporter will be in charge of “assessing and advising on whether the ODP and TfW are complying with the policies, decisions and requirements of the ORR.”

KeolisAmey – a joint venture between Keolis and Amey  won the £5bn contract to construct the South Wales Metro and operate the Wales and Borders franchise in May.

The operator and development partner (ODP) contract involves KeolisAmey taking on the operation of the Wales and Borders rail franchise and the design and construction of a metro-style service on the Core Valleys Lines.

The package also includes subsequent infrastructure management of the Core Valleys Lines, the operation of rail and related aspects of the South Wales Metro service, and the design and development of further rail schemes in Wales.

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