As a consequence of the Welsh Government's decision that the Welsh Revenue Authority will be based nearby Treforest, the organisation responsible for the Welsh Rail and the South Wales Metro will be based in Pontypridd. The Welsh Government says Pontypridd is "ideally located" on the Metro network and the economy secretary Ken Skates, has said that this decision will bring plenty of jobs in the area and the Welsh Government said that hundreds of staff will be based there.
The organisation will be based at the new Taff Vale regeneration site in Pontypridd, as will the company that wins the franchise. A contract will be awarded in early 2018. Speaking ahead of a speech on Welsh economic policy at Coleg y Cymoedd, Mr Skates said: "This is great news for the town but it needs to be the start of something bigger. We need to work with partners in the local authority, the private sector as well as local colleges and universities to ensure this injection of jobs becomes a spark for wider local regeneration and prosperity."
Ken Skates admitted that even if they have successfully manged to develop key economic sectors and achieve great things especially in areas such as aerospace and the creative industries, the distribution of these skills has not fallen equally across Wales, and with this move, the Welsh Government aims to develop and empower all Wales' regions, helping them grow in their own specialised sectors and to obtain their own economic identities. The economic secretary argues that the Welsh Government strives to lead Wales, not only to economic but also to social success, as it aims to make people more employable and improve transport links so that communities can have better jobs closer to home.
It seems like the odds are in favour for Pontypridd, which continuously grows and flourishes, with faith in regeneration, equality and growth!