Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates has visited the Abercynon Park and Ride extension – where 310 parking spaces have been created in anticipation of increased demand from the South Wales Metro by 2023.
The new parking facility at Navigation Park, Abercynon, has provided FREE parking to rail users since April 1, following a significant scheme to bring an area of derelict land at the industrial estate back into use. The Council carried out the scheme utilising more than £1m funding from the Welsh Government.
This is the first major Park and Ride scheme which has been delivered across South Wales since Transport for Wales came into operation in October 2018.
The scheme represents the second phase of the Abercynon Park and Ride, with the first taking place in 2010. This initial phase was a major boost to local commuters, providing 150 parking spaces on land east of Abercynon Railway Station – which was linked to Navigation Park with a bridge over the river.
The South Wales Metro, being delivered for 2023, will increase the number of trains serving Abercynon Railway Station to 16 per hour. The two Park and Ride phases will ensure parking provision meets the projected extra demand, with Abercynon set to play a vital role in the new-look Valleys rail network.
On Monday, July 15, Ken Skates visited the new facility, and was greeted by Council Leader Councillor Andrew Morgan. Also in attendance were Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells, Transport for Wales Chief Executive James Price, Local Elected Members, RCT senior officers and representatives from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd and Redstart.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I was pleased to welcome the Minister to the Abercynon Park and Ride extension on Monday. The recent project has added 310 parking spaces to the 150 created in 2010 – and this improved provision is in preparation for Abercynon becoming a vital stop within the South Wales Metro network, with increased services and its links to Pontypridd, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil.
“With the Metro set to be delivered by 2023, the improvement of parking facilities at railway stations like Abercynon is even more important. Using public transport has many advantages – decreased journey times, improving the environment and reducing road congestion – which is why we must make our rail network as easily accessible as possible for local commuters.
“Rhondda Cynon Taf will play a vital role in delivering the Metro, and I was pleased to hear that demolition work has begun to make way for a new £100m Depot in Taff’s Well – which will be the Metro’s centre of operations. The County Borough will also be the new home of Transport for Wales as part of Pontypridd’s Llys Cadwyn development, which continues to progress well.”
Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates said: “The increased parking facilities in Abercynon will play a big part in encouraging people to leave their cars behind.
“Reducing the number of motor vehicles on the road has many advantages, not least improving air quality now and for our future generations.
“I am pleased Welsh Government could help finance the station improvements here and welcome the progress report I had from Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Andrew Morgan.”
Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019