Pontypridd town centre will introduce a new taxi rank service during the evenings and overnight as the multi-million pound refurbishment of the historic train station gets underway.
Following news of the £10.7 million investment programme in Pontypridd Train Station by Network Rail it was agreed to find new provision for the existing taxi rank in the forecourt as materials will be stored at that location.
In the meantime a single lane will be kept open to allow passengers to be dropped off / picked up at the entrance and limited disabled parking spaces will be retained. The bus service to the station will be unaffected.
During the past few weeks Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working closely with local taxi companies, have negotiated temporary new taxi ranks until the completion of the works in spring 2015. A taxi rank has since been placed in Sardis Road Car Park from 7am to 7pm.
However, as many motorists park along Taff Street and High Street during the evening time, it has been difficult to introduce a temporary taxi rank for evenings and weekends in the town centre itself.
Therefore the Council will enforce a new taxi rank outside the B & M Bargains store in Taff Street. A Traffic Regulation Order identifying this area as a taxi rank from 6pm to 7am takes effect from February 17th 2014.
Any private vehicle motorists who do not comply and park within the designated taxi rank will be liable to receive a warning or a penalty by the Council’s Traffic Enforcement Team.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said: “We recognise how important public transport – whether bus, train or taxi – is to those who visit Pontypridd and want to ensure a smooth transition period while the regeneration work is undertaken at the railway station.
“This can only be achieved with the full co-operation of private motorists and taxi drivers alike as we endeavour to introduce a designated area in Taff Street to accommodate the needs of the public.”
The Community Safety Partnership’s successful taxi marshalling service, which operates on Friday and Saturday night by fully trained and accredited security staff, has also been deployed to facilitate this transition.
The marshals, who are Security Industry Agency (SIA) registered, work in the town on busy weekend nights in partnership with police and council Licensing staff who are striving to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder, and create a legal, responsible and safe night-time economy in Pontypridd.
Pontypridd town centre has undergone a widespread regeneration project thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. This significant investment into the streetscape and townscape took place following the Council securing financial support from the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund and Targeted Match Funding, alongside Council and private sector contributions.
It was delivered alongside a host of other public and private sector investment programmes. For further details visit www.loveponty.com