Exciting plans to regenerate Pontypridd Train Station thanks to an £10.7million investment programme are now underway.
The wide scale project by Network Rail will include the installation of a new bay platform and passing loop to enable more trains to serve the Pontypridd to Cardiff line.
Alongside this, the station forecourt, entrance and platforms will be transformed and improved lighting, CCTV and customer information screens will be installed. As part of the works, the original station entrance will be re-commissioned and will create a grand gateway to the station, sheltered by a new canopy.
Access will be improved with a new footbridge and lifts to help passengers cross more easily between platforms, as well as a new lift to take passengers from street level to the platform concourse.
Throughout the duration of the works, materials will be stored on the current railway forecourt, greatly reducing the amount of vehicles that can utilise this area. 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.
With this in mind Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working with local taxi companies, will temporarily relocate the taxi rank until completion of the regeneration project in spring 2015.
Alternative provision for a taxi rank will be made in the Sardis Road Car Park during the day (7am to 7pm) and will operate in the evening and overnight along Taff Street (6pm to 7am).
The Community Safety Partnership’s successful taxi marshalling service, which operates on Friday and Saturday night by fully trained and accredited security staff will be 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.
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 transitionary period while the regeneration work is undertaken at the railway station.
“In particular we recognise the positive impact our taxi marshalling scheme has had on the night time economy of Pontypridd since it was launched five years ago.
“The marshals, with the support of police, manage situations with expertise and also provide protection for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers.
“The marshals will also assist in the ongoing work to deal with rogue cab drivers, who put the public and legal firms at risk with their illegal activities.”
Pontypridd Railway Station will remain open during construction and Network Rail is working to keep disruption to a minimum.
The work at Pontypridd station is part of the Wales Station Improvement Programme – a £24m scheme, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Welsh Government, Department for Transport, Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales.
The programme will deliver enhancements to a number of stations across Wales including Aberystwyth, Port Talbot, Rhyl and Ystrad Mynach.
The aim is to revitalise the station environments by making noticeable and lasting improvements for the benefit of passengers, which could encourage more people to consider taking the train.
In the longer term, each improved station will have an impact on their surrounding areas by providing positive first impressions, reducing congestion and potentially act as catalysts for future investment.
The work to install a new platform and additional loop of track is being undertaken as part of the Taff Rhondda Turn-back scheme, also funded by the ERDF through the Welsh Government. This package of works will be carried out alongside the station improvement works and, once complete, will unlock the potential for more frequent trains between Pontypridd and Cardiff.
Pontypridd town centre has undergone a £10.5 million 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 including. For further details visit the www.loveponty.com