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Considerable investment has been put in to upgrade various bus stops in and around Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Cynon Valley Bus Stops Funding Boost
The Heads of the Valleys initiative is a 15 year regeneration project, led by the Welsh Government, working to benefit communities in Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Aimed at stimulating regeneration, economic growth, and environmental improvement, the £140 million programme is making the Heads of the Valleys an increasingly successful and attractive area for people to live and work.
Passengers travelling on two busy Cynon Valley bus routes are now benefiting from an investment of nearly £400,000 to improve their bus stops.
Funding secured by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, as part of the Heads of the Valley Regeneration Programme, has been used to provide improved facilities for passengers at each bus stop between Hirwaun - Aberdare - Glynhafod and between Aberdare - Mountain Ash.
These include new bus boarders to assist passengers with boarding and alighting, new signage and service information and, at the busiest bus stops, new shelters.
This investment has raised the overall quality of public transport services in the area and coincides with the introduction of a fleet of modern, easy access buses along the route by the operator - Stagecoach.
The Council has also be carried out improvement works to a number of other bus stops in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area as part of further investment secured through Private Sector contributions, the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and from within the Council’s own budget.
Porth Town Centre Refurbishment Scheme
As the gateway to the two Rhondda Valleys, Porth Town Centre is one of the key destinations in the area.
As part of a major project to regenorate the Town Centre and provide improved facilities for passengers using public transport, new high quality bus shelters, raised kerbs for easier access to buses and improved information displays have been provided in this project, run by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.
During the refurbishment works disruption to the bus services was kept to a minimum and temporary alternative bus stop arrangements were put in place for passengers.
Full details of all the stops in Porth town centre that are being used are available from the Traveline enquiry service on 0871 200 22 33 or www.traveline.info
Pontypridd - Cardiff Bus Corridor Improvement Scheme
Funding has been secured through the South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA), to upgrade the stops along the bus corridor between Pontypridd and Cardiff and provide improved facilities for passengers.
These include new bus boarders to assist passengers with boarding and alighting, new signage, service information and at the busiest bus stops, new shelters.
In addition, work is being carried out at alter a number of key junctions on the corridor in order to reduce delays to buses and improve service reliability.
Integrated Transport Unit
Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC,
Tel: 01443 425001
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