Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced plans to create 60 jobs as part of its £5bn ($6.27bn) investment plan.

TfW intends to overhaul transport infrastructure across the Wales and Borders network.

The development of the South Wales Metro is a major part of the plan. This is a multimodal integrated public transport network that comprises rail, bus and active travel options.

Transport for Wales Rail Services will oversee the everyday management of railway infrastructure assets, renewals and asset operations management beginning this Autumn.

For this 14 years project, TfW will hire 60 people who will be based at the Treforest Estate facility.

TfW CEO James Price said: “Transport for Wales is transforming the transport sector in Wales, through implementation of our £5bn investment programme.  Transport is fundamental to the economy in Wales and as we develop our £738m South Wales Metro, we are providing job opportunities for skilled individuals in our Rail Services team.”

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Roles to be filled include engineering, operatives, administrative and managerial sectors.

Transport for Wales Rail Infrastructure Services director Simon Rhoden said: “We are currently recruiting for a range of skilled jobs in our infrastructure team and welcome applications.  It’s great to be part of the ongoing operations and maintenance of the Cardiff Valleys railway where we are transforming the network that will not only improve the lives of people within Wales but also offers opportunities for employment.”

Earlier this month, TfW commenced works to build a £100m rail depot to support South Wales Metro operations.

Located at Taff’s Well, the rail depot will offer tram-train maintenance and stabling services. The site will accommodate and maintain new metro vehicles, which will enter services from 2022.

Last month, TfW awarded early contractor involvement (ECI) contracts to three engineering and construction companies for associated South Wales Metro projects.

The contracts were won by Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens Mobility.

The ECI contracts encompass preparatory work to develop plans ahead of the main procurement process for engineering projects.