South Wales Metro
Building the South Wales Metro is an ambitious, multi-million-pound project. The South Wales Metro will be an integrated network of bus, rail and active travel (walking and cycling) that will improve connectivity and make sustainable travel easier across South Wales.
What does the Metro mean for you
The South Wales Metro is an ambitious, multi-million-pound project which will transform the way we all travel.
We’re improving our rail infrastructure and we’re currently working on the railway lines to Aberdare, Coryton, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney, and Treherbert which are also known as the Core Valleys Lines. We’ll be working on these lines and will be ongoing until 2023.
We’re investing £800 million in new faster, greener trains for the South Wales Metro and Wales and Borders rail service. We’re also busy behind the scenes building these new, more comfortable trains that will provide our customers with a modern, effective, turn-up-and-go Metro.
We’ll work in partnership with local Government in Wales and private bus operators to deliver a cohesive network of routes across South Wales.
We want more people to travel by bus and for bus travel to be an attractive option.
We’re also planning integrated ticketing to make travelling in Wales seamless and less complicated.
We’ll build on the considerable work Welsh local Authorities have been doing in the past few years to make walking and cycling to and from our key transport hubs easier.
Safer, more attractive walking and cycling routes and facilities will make travelling around our towns, cities and villages easier.
Initially, we’ll improve our railway stations so that it’s easier to walk and cycle to and from them.
We’ll continue to improve the integration of bus, rail and active travel to improve connections and make travel easier. Improvements will include better cycle parking at rail and bus stations, demand-responsive public transport, and integrated ticketing which can be used across bus and rail services.
What improvements can you expect from the South Wales Metro?
We’ll be running more weekday and Sunday services than ever before:
- four services per hour between Cardiff and the Heads of each Valley
- two of the four services from Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil will go on from Cardiff to Cardiff Bay
- an extra service-per-hour between Cardiff and Bridgend via the Vale of Glamorgan Line from December 2023
- two services per hour between Cardiff and Shrewsbury via Abergavenny from December 2022
- an hourly service between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Chepstow from December 2022
- two services per hour on Sundays between Cardiff and the heads of each Valley
- the first-ever Sunday service on the Coryton and City Lines, with an hourly service from December 2023
- the first-ever Sunday service on the Maesteg line, with one service every two hour introduced in December 2019, increasing to an hourly service from December 2023
- an extra service per hour between Cardiff and Bridgend via the Vale of Glamorgan Line from December 2024
- an hourly service between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Chepstow from December 2023
Key Metro programmes
The South Wales Metro brings together five important programmes which are at various stages of feasibility, planning and delivery.
Planning and delivery stage
Will my journey be disrupted by Metro construction?
Find out more about some of the work we're doing to construct Metro.
What will Metro look like?
Take a look at some of the exciting changes Metro will bring.