Plan for new park and ride

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY LEWIS news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

A NEW park and ride with more than 300 park­ing spa­ces is pro­posed for Aber­cynon rail­way sta­tion. The pro­posal in­cludes 311 off-street spa­ces in land on Nav­i­ga­tion Park.

A NEW park and ride with more than 300 park­ing spa­ces is pro­posed for Aber­cynon rail­way sta­tion.

The pro­posal in­cludes 311 off-street spa­ces in land on Nav­i­ga­tion Park made up of 289 stan­dard car spa­ces, seven dis­abled spa­ces and 15 mo­tor­cy­cle spa­ces.

The plan would also see the two cen­tral and south­ern en­trances to the site closed with al­ter­ations to the north­ern en­trance to pro­vide a sin­gle two way ac­cess to the site.

It is yet to be de­cided whether it would be free to all users or if there would be a charge.

The car park is in­tended to serve all rail pas­sen­gers so whilst the hours of op­er­a­tion have not yet been de­cided, the car park will be made avail­able to meet de­mand where ap­pro­pri­ate but would likely be closed dur­ing the night.

The plan­ning re­port says this would “al­le­vi­ate the cur­rent on street park­ing prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced in the area and would sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the cur­rent pub­lic trans­port pro­vi­sion at Aber­cynon”.

It also says it would “im­prove wider trans­port con­nec­tions in the area hav­ing sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the county bor­ough as a whole”.

Plan­ning of­fi­cers at Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) Coun­cil have rec­om­mended the ap­pli­ca­tion for ap­proval as they do not think the pro­posed car park fa­cil­ity would have any un­due im­pact upon the ex­ist­ing char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance of site or the sur­round­ing business park, or upon the ameni­ties or op­er­a­tion of the near­est prop­er­ties.

They con­clude: “While it is ac­cepted the pro­posed car park would in­evitably in­crease traf­fic move­ments in the lo­cal­ity, it is not con­sid­ered the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact upon high­way or pedes­trian safety within the vicin­ity of the site and would ac­tu­ally im­prove the cur­rent is­sues ex­pe­ri­enced on the es­tate by pro­vid­ing much needed off-street park­ing.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee will de­cide whether to ap­prove the ap­pli­ca­tion at a meet­ing this Thurs­day.

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Aber­cynon Rail­way Sta­tion could see a new park and ride fa­cil­ity for more than 300 ve­hi­cles

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