Chris Sutton, a chartered surveyor with Jones Lang LaSalle, said the metro would provide benefits to Cardiff, but could also transform the economic fortunes of towns like Pontypridd.
"If we can improve the infrastructure to a town like Pontypridd, then we can help regenerate it."
A conference on 'Making the Metro Happen', organised by the Metro Consortium is due to take place next Monday.
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A top health boss has told ITV News that change is needed to hospital services in north Wales, that could include A&E.
A fine and bright start to the week, with any lingering rain clearing away as we move throughout the afternoon.
A wet and windy night to come, with rain turning heavier overnight. Feeling particularly blustery in coastal areas.