March 28, 2017
It's been announced that The South Wales Metro's Headquarters are being based in Pontypridd! Not only will the new Headquarters be based in Network75s home town, Network75 student Sophie Daniel has been involved with the project through her Network75 placement at her host comany Network Rail in Cardiff. Sophie shares her experiences of working on one of the most important transport projects Wales has seen!
Sophie Daniel, is a third year Network75 student studying the BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree course at the University of South Wales. Sophie's host company Network Rail, run, maintain, and develop Britain's rail tracks, and infrastructure. As part of her Network75 placement at Network Rail's Cardiff Office, Sophie is heavily involved with the South Wales Metro Programme.
The South Wales Metro is a new transport system that will transform the way we travel around the Cardiff Capital Region. It will provide faster, more frequent and joined-up services using trains, buses and light rail. The new Headquarters for Transport for Wales (TfW) will be based in the new Taff Vale regeneration site in Pontypridd.
Inset: The proposed South Wales Metro Map
Sophie explains what her day to day role in Network Rail involves;
"My current role in Network Rail is on the Wales and Borders refranchise and South Wales Metro programme. Alongside my work on this programme, I get involved with the Diversity and Inclusion group and support the work which takes place in the Wales route. I am also an active travel champion volunteer; this involves supporting the staff at Cardiff Central station, Arriva Trains Wales, and Great Western Railway during event days e.g. RBS Six Nations rugby matches".
"Network Rail is supporting Transport for Wales (TfW) on the development of the South Wales Metro and the new Wales and Borders franchise. The South Wales Metro aims to deliver an integrated transport system that will improve connectivity, accessibility, and passenger experience in the region, in order to drive economic growth".
"My role requires me to attend weekly meetings with the Metro team to provide updates on the work I have been carrying out and also attending regular progress meetings with Transport for Wales. Through this process I have built relationships with people in the wider business and also with those in Transport for Wales. Much of my work so far has involved data gathering, which has meant liaising with people around the business to get the information I need. I’ve then had to analyse this data, and calculate what is required. Most recently I’ve written up my findings and analysis into a formal report".
Inset: Sophie Daniel - Network75 Trainee at Network Rail, Cardiff.
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