Since 2016, Richard has been working for Transport for Wales as part of the team that procured the new £5bn Wales & Borders Rail Service using a competitive dialogue process. He is now the Authority’s Senior Project Engineer for the Core Valley Lines Transformation which is a £738M project to upgrade the commuter railway network around Cardiff to improve rail services and support economic regeneration. As part of this scheme it is intended that Welsh Government will acquire the railway assets from Network Rail that converge on Cardiff Queen Street Station and Transport for Wales will then become responsible for the maintenance as well as the operations of the railway. This project involves working collaboratively with TfW’s Operator and Development Partner, KeolisAmey and Infrastructure Delivery Partners to deliver the transformation under the banner of Transport for Wales Rail Services thereby creating the vertically integrated South Wales Metro rapid transit system by 2023.
As well as his role with TfW, Richard is also the European Deputy Practice Leader for Light Rapid Transit for global consultancy Mott MacDonald, having worked for the company for over 18 years since graduation from Loughborough University. He has a varied career working his way to Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Principal status on various rapid transit infrastructure projects including the planning, design, planning, procurement and implementation phases. Notably, he was Lead Technical advisor on the successful Midland Metro Expansion Project including the Birmingham City Centre Extension, the expansion of Wednesbury Depot and introducing a new fleet of 21 CAF Urbos 3 low floor trams. This was followed by leading Mott MacDonald’s inputs in supporting Transport for the West Midlands deliver the UK’s first modern bi-mode battery-powered light rail vehicles. In addition to his roles at TfW and Mott MacDonald, Richard is also supporting industry body UK Tram as part of its cycling working group investigating the current policy of the carriage of cycles on trams across existing systems and the safety of the wheel rail interface on the public highway.