The Welsh Government has revealed plans to build a world-class rail testing facility in Wales.
Although the actual location of the site is still to be decided, the test centre will support rolling stock and infrastructure testing, maintenance, storage and decommissioning.
In a short announcement, the Welsh Government said it would also offer a “bespoke innovation accelerator”.
The preferred site is the inactive open cast mine in Nant Helen and the nearby operational coal-washery site in Onllwyn.
Transport Secretary Ken Skates estimated the cost of the facility at £100 million and said it was their aspiration to create a global centre of rail excellence in rail.
Transport Secretary Ken Skates said: “Last year, Welsh Government and CAF announced the first modern train manufacturing facility to be built here. The factory is nearing completion, and trains for use in Wales will soon be built there.”
He added: “From a standing start a few years ago, Wales is now developing as a home for our domestic rail industry. There is more we can do. I want our country recognised across the UK and Europe as a major hub.
“Our Economic Action Plan signalled a new approach to creating opportunities for developing our economy. I’m now signalling the next chapter of implementation of that plan.”