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Amey wins Ebbw Valley passenger rail scheme

Amey has won a £27 million to turn the Ebbw Valley freight railway line into a passenger service from Ebbw Vale to Cardiff in south Wales.
Amey, which is owned by Spanish giant Ferrovial, saw off rivals Hochtief/Griffiths, Amec Spie, Mowlem, Jarvis and Balfour Beatty who were also shortlisted to resurrect the link.

The 30 km route, axed by former British Rail chairman Dr Richard Beeching in 1962, has been used for freight trains only but became redundant following the closure of the nearby Corus steel plant.

Councillor John Hopkins, Leader of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, said: 'The railway will be a catalyst for the regeneration of the area.'

The project is being jointly developed by Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly County Borough Councils and Newport City Council, in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government, Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales. Main site works will begin in Spring 2006 and is due to be completed in 2007.

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