Park and ride scheme could cre­ate 600 new spa­ces

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

PLANS to cre­ate hun­dreds of ex­tra park­ing spa­ces at sta­tions across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been agreed and will now move for­ward.

The 10 sta­tions ear­marked for im­proved park­ing mea­sures as part of the coun­cil’s new park and ride schemes are at Tre­herbert, Ynyswen, Tre­orchy, Ll­wynypia, Tre­hafod, Fern­hill, Cwm­bach, Aber­cynon, Pon­ty­clun and Llan­haran – where a com­bined to­tal of more than 600 new park­ing spa­ces could be cre­ated.

They were cho­sen from 19 re­viewed by the coun­cil across Rhondda Cynon Taff, for hav­ing a “high level” of pas­sen­ger us­age.

The iden­ti­fied land at each sta­tion for the ex­tra car park­ing space is ei­ther next to or within a “rea­son­able walk­ing dis­tance” from each sta­tion, and the num­ber of spa­ces that can be added at each site ranges “from five to more than 200”.

The 10 are listed along­side Porth, which had al­ready re­ceived fund­ing to cre­ate 50 ex­tra park­ing spa­ces, to be cre­ated by 2018/19.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Mor­gan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil and cab­i­net mem­ber with re­spon­si­bil­ity for high­ways, said: “Cab­i­net mem­bers agreed that there are good op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand park and ride fa­cil­i­ties at 10 lo­cal sta­tions, which would have ma­jor ben­e­fits for com­muters in terms of sav­ing on travel time and fuel costs, as well as re­duc­ing con­ges­tion on our roads and ben­e­fit­ting the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We know there is a com­mit­ment to en­hance rail ca­pac­ity on the Tre­herbert, Aber­dare and Merthyr lines by 2022, and cab­i­net agreed that pro­vid­ing more park­ing at lo­cal sta­tions would rep­re­sent an im­por­tant in­vest­ment from this coun­cil, to help res­i­dents take ad­van­tage of ex­tra pub­lic transport pro­vi­sion.”

It fol­lows the meet­ing of the cab­i­net on Septem­ber 28, when they con­sid­ered a re­port out­lin­ing the find­ings of a park and ride ca­pac­ity re­view, which rec­om­mended a pro­gramme tak­ing for­ward new schemes.

Coun Mor­gan added: “The coun­cil was granted fund­ing by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment to de­liver the suc­cess­ful Porth Park and Ride Scheme which, from Septem­ber 2016, saw 73 ex­tra spa­ces pro­vided, which has been well-re­ceived lo­cally.

“It will now be fol­lowed by a sec­ond phase in 2018/19, which has ob­tained fund­ing.

“By in­vest­ing in more park and ride schemes the coun­cil will cre­ate im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity to sus­tain­able travel, com­ple­ment­ing the Cardiff Cap­i­tal Re­gion City Deal which is in­vest­ing heav­ily in the Metro pro­ject to im­prove pub­lic transport across south east Wales.”

Plans to cre­ate hun­dreds of ex­tra park­ing spa­ces at rail­way sta­tions have been agreed

Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil leader An­drew Mor­gan

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