The Consultants behind The Metro Study has welcomed its publication by Welsh Government and noted its description of the concept as “potentially the most important project in Wales for a generation”.
The Consultants are all members of The Metro Consortium, a group of stakeholders who came together in early 2013 with the common aim of promoting the Metro concept as a regional regeneration project. The group was led by Mark Barry and included Capita, Jones Lang LaSalle, Powell Dobson Urbanists and Steer Davies Gleave.
James Brown, Director of Powell Dobson Urbanists, welcomed the focus upon regeneration; “What may appear on the surface to be a transportation project is actually a unique opportunity to change the status quo and improve the economic competitiveness of the region. The Metro presents an opportunity to reconnect the City Region in a way that it can become a more liveable city. The Metro can help to improve quality of life, reduce inequality and enhance economic competitiveness.”
Alan Davies, Director of Capita, stated that there was an opportunity to take a long term view; “we must be prepared to consider new ways of developing and delivering transport infrastructure across the region”.
Chris Sutton, Director of Jones Lang LaSalle, commented; “the Metro can become a driver for economic development through the creation of a fit for purpose, premier league, transport system”