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Carillion partners to continue with South Wales Metro bid

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Train operating firm Abellio Rail Cymru (ARC) is planning to go ahead with its bid for the Wales and Borders rail franchise despite Carillion’s collapse.

The franchise includes building the South Wales Metro.

New Civil Engineer understands discussions between ARC and Transport for Wales (TfW) – the client body for the franchise – are ongoing. Carillion, which would have undertaken the infrastructure management part of the Aecom designed project, would not have carried out the construction work – TfN will shortly start procurement to appoint contactors to a framework to carry out this work.

In a statement ARC said: “Abellio Rail Cymru (ARC) acknowledges the decision by Carillion PLC to enter into liquidation on Monday 15 January.

“We remain in the contract letting process for the Wales and Borders Rail Service and South Wales Metro being administered by Transport for Wales (TfW) and are bound by the procurement rules governing that process.

“During the duration of the competition we will make no further comments or issue any press releases relating to our bid unless there are any changes in our position.”

The £5bn operator and development partner (ODP) contract will involve the operation of the Wales and Borders rail franchise and the design and construction 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.

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