Question from: County Councillor Matthew Dorrance Subject: Update statement on the Global Centre for Rail Excellence
Will the Leader provide an up to date position statement on the Global Centre for Rail Excellence?
Response by the Portfolio Holder:
The Global Centre for Rail Excellence is a Welsh Government-led project that seeks to establish a train and rail track testing facility on land located within Neath Port Talbot and Powys, utilising part of the Nant Helen Open Cast Coal Site. The project completed its Pre-application Consultation with the local community at the start of November 2020 as a precursor to the submission of two planning applications - one in Neath Port Talbot, one in Powys – both of which are awaited. The Council has assisted supported the development of the project via a Joint Venture with Welsh Government and Neath Port Talbot Council given the project’s potential economic benefits.