The Council’s Planning and Development Committee has granted full planning permission for a new 30-space car park to serve Porth Railway Station – to further extend the current Park and Ride provision.
At their meeting on Thursday, June 27, Committee Members considered the application from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for the new car park, which included a new vehicular access, boundary fencing and street-lighting. It will be built on a plot of unallocated land which is owned by the Council, located to the south west of Rheola Road – opposite the Rheola public house.
The land was most recently used as a compound for Welsh Water, but no buildings have occupied the site since the 1980s. The land will be resurfaced as part of the works to install 30 new car park spaces for rail users.
An Officer report to the committee recommended the application for approval, as it will provide a welcome expansion of the over-subscribed parking facilities serving the railway station, as well as improving the appearance of the site.
The project forms part of the next phase of the Porth Park and Ride Scheme. Phase One was delivered in September 2016, which converted unused land into 73 new parking spaces to serve the railway station. The Scheme has proven popular, with the car park often full – particularly at peak times.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I’m pleased that the Council has been granted full planning permission for the next stage of the Porth Park and Ride Scheme. This element of the Scheme will provide an additional 30 parking spaces for rail users, on top of the 73 added in 2016.
“It is becoming increasingly important to encourage road users to use public transport. This has many advantages – it’s better for the environment, shortens journey times, and reduces road congestion. The South Wales Metro will deliver widespread improvements to the valleys rail lines by 2023 with improved trains and more efficient services, and it is therefore very important to ensure residents can access these services through Park and Ride.
“The Council has recently completed a major scheme to improve the Park and Ride provision at Abercynon Railway Station – which has provided more than 300 new parking spaces for rail users, to use free of charge.
“Further improving the local Park and Ride Scheme is also an important part of the wider Porth Town Centre Regeneration Strategy, which was agreed by Cabinet in January 2019 following an extensive public consultation.
“The Strategy outlines a future vision for Porth, which includes a Transport Hub and Station Quarter – to link rail and bus services far more efficiently, taking advantage of the improved rail offer once the enhanced Metro services are introduced in the next three to four years. By gaining full planning permission to extend parking provision at the railway station, the Council is a step closer to achieving a key objective in its plans for Porth.”
Posted on Monday 1st July 2019