This week the Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council officially opened the new £5.6m integrated transport hub in Port Talbot.
At the event, the Leader was joined by representatives from Neath Port Talbot Council, the Welsh Government, the Welsh European Funding Office and Andrew Scott Ltd.
The new Transport Hub centralises main transport links including Port Talbot Parkway station, a new bus terminal, cycle facilities, a taxi rank and drop-off and pick-up bays in a largely pedestrianised concourse, providing easier access for all to employment and residential areas in and around the town. The Transport Hub complements the £11.3m redevelopment of Port Talbot Parkway Railway Station by Network Rail in 2016 and forms part of the Council’s wider Regeneration Programme.
The scheme has been funded by the Local Transport Fund, Vibrant & Viable Places funding and the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government.
The Transport Hub is an additional and complementary provision to Port Talbot Bus Station, where normal services will continue.
Commissioning of the Transport Hub is continuing and Taxi Services will be added shortly. Bus services are operating well and in total, there is in excess of 160 departures per day (Monday to Saturday) with reduced services on Sundays.
All bus operating queries for the new Transport Hub should be made to First Cymru and Ridgways direct or via www.traveline.cymru.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones said: “We would like to thank all our partners and contractors involved in developing such an excellent Transport Hub.
“The new transport hub has been designed to improve the town’s connectivity and encourage greater opportunities for regeneration, investment and growth. The Hub has brought together Bus, Rail, Taxi, Cycle and Pedestrian facilities in a safe modern environment that has created a vibrant gateway for Port Talbot town”.
Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans said: “We have invested in this fantastic new facility because it helps to meet our Valleys Taskforce ambitions to revitalise town centres, create jobs and improve transport infrastructure.
“It will improve connectivity for people locally and ensure that more people from the surrounding communities can access opportunities to learn, work and socialise in the town.”
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said:
“This hub will encourage the use of public transport, walking and cycling, thereby reducing congestion and improving the environment.
“The increased access to active travel alongside the improved public transport system will all contribute towards reducing journey times and increasing accessibility to employment, which will in turn feed into the regeneration and revitalisation of the area.”
Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd said: “As a long-established local contractor we are delighted to have been part of this hugely important but challenging project, and we would like to thank the public and local community for their patience whilst works were underway. The Hub will play a significant part in delivering modern transport links and attracting economic development to the area and we are proud to be a part of this integral scheme”.
The project has brought many benefits to the community, including opportunities for local suppliers and contractors, generating employment and training for local people.