South Wales Metro & Lloyd George Avenue

Just re-read an article for the IWA  I penned in 2012...which touched on the opportunity to use the South Wales Metro to finally deliver the Lloyd George Avenue (LGA) envisaged by the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (CBDC) in the 1990s. For me the Metro presents a huge number of urban design, development and regeneration opportunities.  … Continue reading South Wales Metro & Lloyd George Avenue

Wales’ Rail Network – The Case for Investment

This short article accompanies the publication of my "Case for Investment" work for Welsh Government in respect of Wales' rail network. It also appeared in the Western Mail on December 12th 2018 "Wales will be getting new trains, but they’ll operate on a “2ndGear Railway” In May this year the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and … Continue reading Wales’ Rail Network – The Case for Investment

South Wales Metro – Critique

In November 2018 I was asked to submit evidence to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee at the National Assembly for Wales in respect of the procurement of the Wales and Borders Franchise and South Wales Metro by Transport for Wales.    In setting out my view of that process and an assessment of the … Continue reading South Wales Metro – Critique

Metro & Me, October 2018

In October 2018 we (Cardiff University, Arup, IWA, Capital Law) published a collection of essays related to the South Wales Metro to support the Metro and Me event held in Cardiff on 8th October.  Capital Law did the heavy lifting (especially Lowri Gregory) to plan and manage the day.  Thanks to all the speakers and … Continue reading Metro & Me, October 2018

Metro Impact Study, October 2013

Worth referring back to the 2013, Metro Impact Study. It now has a new relevance given we are about to build a #southwalesmetro . Note the older "metro map"...this has gone through a few iterations over the last few years!

What Metro Might Do? October 2016

The attached, "What Metro Might Do?" is the output of an event I hosted at Cardiff University in October 2016. It raised many interesting and challenging questions and ideas in respect of the wider impacts of the South Wales Metro.  Given that Metro procurement was concluded in May 2018 and KeolisAmey selected as partner to … Continue reading What Metro Might Do? October 2016

Making the Metro work for the Valleys and for Cardiff…

I did a lot of "heavy lifting" re: the South Wales Metro 2010-2016, the burden then passed to Transport for Wales....and now to Keolis/Amey who will work to deliver it by 2023/4.  Perhaps I may allow myself a moment to sketch out some ideas for how the planned network could be enhanced and extended from … Continue reading Making the Metro work for the Valleys and for Cardiff…

A Swansea Bay Metro …..and Neath

There has been a lot of debate and comment, especially over the last few days, in respect of my ideas for Swansea Bay and rail connectivity as presented here Firstly and to scotch any rumours, no one is proposing that Neath station should be closed; far from it. I want to see more services to … Continue reading A Swansea Bay Metro …..and Neath

Economic Impacts of The South Wales Metro?

These are the "rough notes"  (so apologies for grammar, etc) I used for my speech at the Wales in London event held at The Shard on 14th March 2018     Mark Barry, Professor of Practice in Connectivity, Cardiff University; Founder, M&G Barry Consulting and Author, "A Metro for Wales’ Capital City Region - Connecting … Continue reading Economic Impacts of The South Wales Metro?

Swansea to Cardiff in 30 minutes and a Swansea Bay Metro

A radical ~£1Bn  investment in rail links to and within Swansea Bay to deliver a major boost to the regional economy:

30-minute journeys to Cardiff and 2 hour 15 minutes to London & Heathrow.

The foundation of a rail based Swansea Bay Metro.

New development and regeneration opportunities across the region.

A move beyond a tactical argument about electrification to a more strategic discussion about the vision and future connectivity of Swansea Bay