Monday 27 Nov 2017
South Wales Valleys community is rail industry hub
Few people realise the key role Torfaen in South Wales plays in connecting people, businesses and communities across Great Britain.
Despite a population of less than 100,000, the borough is home to four businesses that are vital to Network Rail's supply chain and are helping to deliver the biggest investment in the railway since Brunel.
G.O.S Tool and Engineering, who recently hosted Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle for a whistle-stop tour, has an annual turnover of £9 million and employs over 100 people. A key part of their business involves the manufacture of vehicles that can travel on roads and the railway. These road rail vehicles are used across the rail network to deliver Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
With three other key rail suppliers based in Torfaen*, the visit gave Lynne Neagle a chance to find out how the railway in Wales and Borders is investing in local businesses that help keep passengers moving.
Andy Thomas, route managing director for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: "We believe the railway is fundamental to the economy in connecting people, businesses and communities.
"With more people travelling by rail than ever before, Network Rail is working closely with our supply chain to deliver a safe, reliable, affordable and growing railway for our customers."
During a visit to G.O.S Tool and Engineering, Lynne Neagle, AM for Tofaen, said: "Rail is vital for economic growth and I'm proud Torfaen plays such an important role in Network Rail's supply chain. Businesses like G.O.S provide good quality jobs for people in Torfaen and support the local economy. It’s fantastic they are working with the University of South Wales to support young people from the local area to become the engineers of the future.”
Wayne Gregory, Managing Director, G.O.S Tool and Engineering said: “We’ve really grown over the past 50 years, from an idea between my father and his friends over a drink to a successful business, employing over 100 people with a turnover of more than £9 million a year. We are proud to support the growing rail industry, and it is great to see our hard work put to good use on the railway across Wales and beyond.”
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.