Transport for Wales (TfW) has put out a tender notice for a £700M framework for rail works, including the capital works for the South Wales Metro.
TfW wants to put together a framework of specialist rail civil contractors to provide engineering design, construction and maintenance services to enhance and maintain rail services in Wales.
The framework includes the capital works for the South Wales Metro, part of the £5bn Wales and Borders franchise.
It also includes design and implementation of other rail enhancements and design and development of transport interchange between rail and other transport modes.
The framework suppliers will work for the firm which wins the £5bn Operator and Development Partner (ODP) contract, which will involve the operation of the Wales and Borders rail franchise and the design and build of a metro-style service on the Core Valleys Lines. It also involves subsequent infrastructure management of the Core Valleys Lines (the lines which will be used for the Metro), the operation of rail and related aspects of the South Wales Metro service, and the design and development of further rail schemes in Wales.
The timing is to ensure that the incoming Operator and Development Partner has access to the framework arrangement immediately after their appointment. There are rail infrastructure enhancements across Wales that are reliant on the timely establishment of the framework.
Heavy rail infrastructure outside of the Core Valley lines will remain with Network Rail.
An information day for potential bidders will be held in Llandrindod Wells next week. The contract will run for 24 months.