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New investment for Park and Ride schemes in 2017/18

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will consider further investment of £550,000 into creating additional parking at train stations in the County Borough.

The funding is part of the £3.321m allocated for Transport Infrastructure in the Council’s 2017/18 Capital Programme, and will be discussed by Cabinet Members at their meeting on Thursday, March 9.

It is another example of the investment from the Local Authority’s ongoing £33.6m Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) programme.

The Council’s Park and Ride programme involves identifying, and carrying out, projects which will enhance the capacity of existing facilities.

In 2016/17, Phase 1 of Porth’s Park and Ride scheme was completed, with funding from the Welsh Government’s Metro project for South Wales. It has provided 73 parking spaces, new street lighting, signage, disabled access, cycle parking and a new access to the station.

The aim of the project was to encourage people to use the train for the main part of their journeys in order to ease congestion on busy highways, while also easing parking demand in surrounding residential streets.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council is committed to investing in its key areas through the £200m RCTinvest scheme, which includes providing funding in vital areas over three years including Highways and Transport Infrastructure.

“It is important that we continue to invest in our highways and transport infrastructure, and this investment of £550,000 for Park and Ride schemes, which will be discussed by Cabinet, will enable the Council to repeat the success of past projects across the County Borough.”

Posted on Friday 3rd March 2017