Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens Mobility have been awarded Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contracts for the £738m South Wales Metro project.
The ECI contracts are awarded for preparatory work to develop plans and design work ahead of the procurement process for the first projects of Metro including control systems, track work, stations and the new fleet maintenance depot in Taff’s Well.
A Transport for Wales (TfW) spokesman said the overall value of the three contracts is 'in the region of £6.2m to include Taffs Well enabling and demolition works'.
All three companies will now be working with TfW to establish a high-quality supply chain with local Welsh businesses.
James Price, chief executive of TfW, said: 'The South Wales Metro is one of our most important and exciting projects, and I’m delighted that Transport for Wales will be working with three renowned companies on the first crucial stages of our plans to transform public transport, both in the South Wales region and throughout the Wales and Borders network as a whole.
'The development of the Metro will be a major boost to the local economy of South Wales, creating jobs directly and in the local supply chain. We will work closely with Balfour Beatty, Alun Griffiths and Siemens as they help us develop our vision of a high quality, safe, integrated, affordable and accessible transport network of which the people of South Wales are proud.'