- September 29, 2016
- Posted by: RCT Labour
- Category: Latest News
Bus passengers in Rhondda Cynon Taf look set to benefit from £500,000 investment, after the Labour Council secured an extra £220,000 through the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund.
In addition to the £264,800 secured last year, the Council has successfully obtained a further grant of £136,200 to continue the refurbishment of 73 local bus stops along the Rhondda Fawr Bus Corridor in Trealaw, Dinas, Penygraig, Tonypandy, Llwenypia, Gelli and Pentre; highlighting the ambition and commitment of the Labour Council to strategically invest in public services that seek to benefit people and communities.
The Council is also set to invest £80,000 from the £23 million Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme to provide Tonypandy bus station with a full upgrade. The HTISP is part of the wider £200 million RCTinvest programme, to be rolled out over three years. These build upon the existing Council investments since 2015, to the tune of £80,000 from its own funds that have been allocated to improving 18 facilities across the County Borough.
The awarding of the grant will permit the second phase of the project to continue in the Rhondda Fawr area, allowing:
- New bus stop poles and flags
- Raised kerbs that provide step free entry onto the new low floor buses
- Resurfaced waiting areas
- Renewal of the bus stop road markings
- 24 new shelters
It is the intention of the Council that a third and final phase can be agreed this year that will see the remaining 22 bus stops in Rhondda Fawr undergo improvement works, with the further provision of nine new bus shelters.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council, who is also responsible for Highways and Transport Services, said:
“We were pleased to have secured this funding on behalf of our communities and it is great to see the plans become a reality. Throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf some of the newest vehicles in south Wales are running and it is important that the Council continues to work with its operating partners by similarly investing in the renewal of its public transport facilities.
As a Council we are investing heavily in our transport and highways infrastructure, with £23m allocated over the next three years. This is on top of the £53m we have already invested since 2011, meaning that by 2018/19 we will have invested over £76m in these key areas. In the current financial climate we continue to show ambition to improve the infrastructure that sustains our communities and businesses and attracts new investment.
We will continue to seek to maximise available grants and funding streams and add further value with our own capital investments. This investment, which forms part of the Council’s £200m three-year RCTinvest scheme, will clearly help with this and will also help to reduce congestion on the roads by virtue of it being made easier to travel by public transport to Pontypridd and beyond.”