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Making a Welsh Metro happen

25th March 2013

Cardiff Business School, Colum Road, Cardiff 8.45am - 4.00pm

With the support of Capita Symonds, Cardiff Business Partnership, Heads of the Valleys Development Company, Cardiff Business School, M&G Barry Consulting, Powell Dobson Urbanists, Jones Lang LaSalle and Wardell Armstrong

This conference explores the practical challenges facing policy-makers in making a reality of proposals for creating a successful Metro for south-eastern Wales. It comes two years after the IWA and the Cardiff Business Partnership launched A Metro for Wales’ Capital City Region. It argued that, using the electrification of Great Western Main Line to Swansea and the Valley lines as a catalyst, a Metro linking the Welsh capital with the Valleys would create the connectivity essential to economic development in the 21st Century. This, it said, should be a major priority for the governments at both Cardiff and Westminster, and for local authorities and the business community. A year later, with electrification of the Great Western Main line agreed, now is the time to press for the advantages to flow through Cardiff’s hinterland. How can we seize the initiative to create an integrated Metro that will connect together the whole of the region? How can we raise the finance to put the project into effect? What kind of delivery mechanisms will be needed? How can local authorities, the Welsh Government and the private sector work together to produce practical answers to these questions?

A new report engaging with the policy initiatives needed to make a Welsh Metro happen will be launched at the conference.

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