More park­ing spa­ces at busy sta­tion af­ter £25,000 up­grade

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

NEW park­ing spa­ces have been in­stalled at one of the Cynon Val­leys’ busiest sta­tions in a bid to help more peo­ple ac­cess rail ser­vices.

Aber­cynon rail­way sta­tion now has 11 new spa­ces af­ter a £25,000 in­vest­ment by the Welsh govern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to rhondda Cynon taf coun­cil, the work fol­lows a re-as­sess­ment of the car park’s lay­out, to in­crease the num­ber of spa­ces and im­prove ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.

The work in­cluded mod­i­fy­ing kerb lines, re­lo­cat­ing light­ing, new traf­fic signs and road mark­ing al­ter­ations.

it is an ex­ten­sion of the Aber­cynon Park and ride scheme, which was de­liv­ered in 2010.

That in­cluded a de­vel­op­ment of more than 150 park­ing spa­ces built on then-derelict land east of the train sta­tion, with the area linked to Nav­i­ga­tion Busi­ness Park by a bridge over the river.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew mor­gan, leader of rCt Coun­cil and cabi­net mem­ber with re­spon­si­bil­ity for high­ways, said the new spa­ces would re­duce con­ges­tion, lower travel times and help the en­vi­ron­ment.

He ex­plained: “in septem­ber, cabi­net agreed to progress the coun­cil’s Park and ride Pro­gramme across 10 County Bor­ough rail­way sta­tions, cre­at­ing more than 600 new spa­ces in to­tal.

“Aber­cynon rail­way sta­tion will sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme in the fu­ture, meet­ing heavy de­mand for park­ing there.”

He said the lo­cal author­ity had also com­mit­ted to in­stall more spa­ces at Pon­ty­clun rail­way sta­tion, and de­liver “phase two” of the Porth Park and ride scheme fol­low­ing the suc­cess of phase one.

He added: “This £25,000 fund­ing for Aber­cynon is the lat­est in­vest­ment in Park and ride schemes across the County Bor­ough, and again shows that the Coun­cil works hard to se­cure ex­ter­nal in­vest­ment for high­way schemes, where pos­si­ble.”

New park­ing spa­ces have been in­stalled at Aber­cynon rail­way sta­tion in a bid to help more peo­ple ac­cess rail ser­vices

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