Porthcawl is set to benefit from an all-new Metrolink facility after Bridgend County Borough Council agreed to increase funding that will ensure the project can be delivered without having to be scaled down.
Using money from the Metro Plus fund which has been provided as part of the Cardiff Capital Region city deal and the council’s own Porthcawl Regeneration budget, a total of £3.8m will now be invested to deliver the best facility possible while also meeting increased market costs associated with the scheme.
Based at the heart of the regeneration area alongside the Portway and Salt Lake, the Metrolink will form part of the wider Metro Plus programme, which seeks to improve public transport links across south-east Wales.
Able to accommodate up to four buses at a time, it will feature a covered shelter and station building, space for a kiosk and potential cycle hire facility, outdoor seating areas, an environmentally friendly ‘green’ roof, a rain garden and more.
The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “Despite being the third largest town in the county borough, Porthcawl does not currently feature a modern transport interchange. This new Metrolink facility is set to offer fast, efficient access both into and out of the town, and is sure to benefit residents and visitors alike.
“As one of our largest towns, Porthcawl needs a modern transport interchange capable of benefitting residents and visitors alike, and this is going to ensure that we can provide the best Metrolink facility possible.
“This has only been possible because of our role within the Cardiff Capital Region partnership, and I am delighted to see how it has enabled us to maximise the funds for this important and much-needed project.”
Council explores all options to improve traffic in Pencoed
Bridgend County Borough Council remains committed to exploring all options available in relation to improving traffic in Pencoed despite the council’s recent bid to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund being turned down.
The local authority is now seeking alternative funding for the project which would see a new a new replacement bridge being built on Penprysg Road.
If funding is successfully secured, the new bridge would be able to accommodate two-way traffic and would lead to the eventual closure of Pencoed’s railway level crossing, which often causes congestion when the barriers are down.
In the meantime, plans are underway to trial changes to the timings of the existing traffic light system which will be closely monitored to see if there are any improvements to the flow of traffic over the bridge.
The results will then be analysed before a decision is made on whether to change the signal timings on a permanent basis or not.
Cllr John Spanswick, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “While the decision from UK Government on our Levelling up bid was bitterly disappointing, we remain ambitious and committed to delivering on this project for the people of Pencoed.
“We are currently asking for feedback about why the bid was rejected whilst continuing our efforts to secure new funding that will enable us to realise this ambition.
“We are also actively exploring other options for traffic management improvement such as revised traffic light timings in consideration of concerns being brought to our attention.”