Doubt over Cardiff metro plans

A task force set up to drive plans for a metro system in south east Wales has delivered its first report, warning that 'significant value-for-money' consideration is needed around the idea.

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Possible metro system for Cardiff and surrounding area

Manchester Metrolink light rail system carries around 22 million passengers per year. Credit: PA

Ideas for a new light rail and tram system linking Cardiff with the surrounding area have been put forward in various forms in recent years, with the The South Wales Integrated Transport Task Force set up last year to look specifically at plans.

Last week, Cardiff Council unveiled plans to improve the city's business and transport infrastructure, and said building a tram link between Cardiff Bay and the city centre "remains a priority."

Task force recommendations for metro system

A task force set up to drive plans for a metro system in south east Wales will deliver its first set of recommendations today.

The South Wales Integrated Transport Task Force was set up last year to develop plans for a rapid transit system using rail, light rail and buses, which would meet the needs of the public, businesses and the environment byt linking communities and jobs.

Transport minister Carl Sargeant is joining members of the task force and representatives from Cardiff Business Partnership to launch the task force's interim report today.