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Transport for Wales confirm collaboration with Global Centre of Rail Excellence

04 May 2023 3 minute read
Simon Jones and James Price – Image TfW

Transport for Wales have announced plans to become a major commercial client of the Global Centre of Rail Excellence.

The Global Centre of Rail Excellence is a £400m research, testing and certification facility for rolling stock, infrastructure and innovative new rail technologies being constructed at the head of the Dulais and Swansea Valleys.

As part of the GCRE membership model, companies can take guaranteed testing and research time at the site when it opens, according to their innovation needs.

The collaboration will see GCRE support Transport for Wales with its rail testing, innovation and R&D.

As well as testing, R&D and innovation, the deal paves the way for TfW to use other GCRE services, including storage, training and product approvals in future as these are developed.

Chief Executive of GCRE Limited Simon Jones said the agreement was a ‘natural’ one and would support the passenger delivery focus of Transport for Wales as well as the major infrastructure programme it has across Wales and the Borders.


Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters said: “The Global Centre of Rail Excellence is one of the most exciting and important pieces of infrastructure being built anywhere in Europe today.

“It will be at the forefront of rail innovation, supporting the development of new products and technologies that will be the backbone of the high-quality, integrated and net zero transport networks we need right across the continent in the coming years.

“It’s fantastic that this agreement between GCRE and Transport for Wales has been finalised and that passenger delivery is going to be a central focus of the collaboration, ultimately benefiting communities and commuters right across Wales.”

Chief Executive of GCRE Limited, Simon Jones, said: “What GCRE can provide to Transport for Wales is an international quality, purpose built and offline facility, right here in Wales, that can support the TfW team as they implement their ambitious strategic programme.

“Passenger delivery is a critical focus for TfW and through this agreement with GCRE we can support new and innovative ways of delivering for customers along the Wales and Borders route.

“Transport for Wales has a hugely ambitious slate of major projects – from the transformational valleys line electrification; Metro programmes in South Wales, Swansea Bay and North Wales as well as a significant list of station enhancement and upgrades right across the Wales and Borders.

“GCRE can assist in the delivery of these major projects through greater assurance of the innovations and ideas being deployed.

“Following on from the recently announced Hitachi deal, this partnership shows that GCRE is taking the next step in its journey. Not simply constructing an internationally significant facility but also signing up important and significant clients to take testing and research time when we open – showing both the quality of our services we are offering as well as the commercial strength of the business.”

Chief Executive of Transport for Wales, James Price said: “The rail industry in Wales is currently going through a major transformation with the South Wales Metro being built and the introduction of brand-new trains throughout the network.

“I’m pleased this agreement continues our close working relationship with GCRE. Having these world class facilities in Wales is a key enabler for the industry as a whole and for TfW in delivering our ambitious plans.”

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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
1 year ago

“When we aren’t running trains full of drunken pigs and garbage that smell of urine and poo, when we aren’t prosecuting autistic people or setting bailiffs on people with psychiatric conditions or counting our money, we at TFW like to stamp on the corpses of Irony and Satire by doing things like collaborating with the Global Centre of Rail Excellence…because we are utter scum, beneath the contempt of decent people and we have no sense of shame.”

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