Huw Irranca-Davies urges residents to submit their views on Pencoed Level Crossing & Penprysg Road Bridge Consultation

Huw Irranca-Davies, MS for Ogmore Constituency is urging residents to share their views on new proposals for Pencoed Level Crossing & Penprysg Road Bridge Consultation.  He shared this statement with our teams:

Many people will be familiar with the long-standing congestion and safety issues surrounding the Pencoed level crossing and Penprysg road bridge. A contentious issue that has frustrated residents and visitors for many years and which has also prevented new development and economic investment from taking place in the local area.

However, a recent announcement from Bridgend County Borough Council, with a £17m proposal that could transform the centre of Pencoed town, has offered a glimmer of hope to the many community campaigners who have fought hard to see these issues resolved.

Current progress being offered is a major capital transport investment to improve multi-modal accessibility within and through Pencoed – options being, the rebuilding of the Penprysg road bridge to provide accommodation for two-way traffic and create a safe, all-new, disabled-friendly, active travel bridge, and the closure of the current level crossing.

Progress so far has been carefully developed in partnership through a steering group, featuring representatives from the local community, Welsh Government, Network Rail, Transport for Wales, Bridgend County Borough Council Councillors, Pencoed Town Councils. This Steering Group, chaired by myself and Chris Elmore MP are now urging residents to submit their views to the Bridgend County Borough Council consultation – the next drop-in information event where residents can find out more about the proposals is being held on Friday 3rd December at Pencoed Library between 10am-12pm.

At this stage, these proposals are merely just that, but it is crucial that people have their say on these future plans and submit their views directly to the consultation.

The consultation survey can be completed online at the council website:

https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/my-council/equalities-and-engagement/consultations/current-consultations/pencoed-level-crossing-and-penprysg-road-bridge/

or you can request an alternative format via email to:  [email protected], or calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB. The consultation closes on 30 January 2022.

After many years campaigning on this issue, I hope these ambitious plans offer some optimism for the residents and businesses in the local area.