The Council has hosted a visit to the Rhondda Tunnel where representatives from Rhondda Cynon Taf, Neath Port Talbot, Welsh Government, Transport for Wales and Sustrans were granted underground access.
On February 15, senior representatives from the organisations met at Neath Port Talbot’s end of the Rhondda Tunnel. All parties are currently investigating a potential future project to re-open the tunnel as a tourism route from Blaencwm to Blaengwynfi, with support from the Rhondda Tunnel Society.
During June 2018, Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Councillors voted in favour of a Notice of Motion asking the Council to support the re-opening of the tunnel. The current investigation phase is likely to be ongoing for the next year, which will allow costs and maintenance for the potential project to be calculated.
If the project goes ahead, the former railway tunnel would be turned into a public asset to support tourism and the wider economy. It would provide the longest cycle tunnel in Europe and the second longest in the world – ensuring the potential for the site to become a major visitor attraction for Wales.
Friday’s site visit was attended by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Morgan, and Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, Councillor Ann Crimmings.
Welsh Government’s Tourism Director Jason Thomas, Transport for Wales’ active travel lead Matthew Gilbert, Sustrans’ area manager Gwyn Smith and Neath Port Talbot Councillor Annette Wingrave were also in attendance.
Posted on Friday 15th February 2019