The aims of Bridgend Metro Plus programme include connecting Pencoed as a whole by removing the level crossing and introducing a bridge to link both parts of the area creating a more cohesive community. The intention is to reduce congestion, provide better access to the M4, speed up journey times and hopefully encourage greater use of active travel routes to help reduce carbon footprints and improve air quality for residents.
In Porthcawl, activity will focus on the development of an interchange facility as part of a bigger masterplan for the regeneration of Porthcawl. This will include new active travel routes, EV charging hubs, increased parking for bicycles and in time increased frequency of bus services provided via the interchange.
To find out more we caught up with Hywel Purchase, Special Project Officer, Bridgend County Borough Council
“We’ve retained grant funding from the Welsh Government for the south east Wales Metrobus scheme, which has allowed progress on two major schemes within the Bridgend borough, these being Pencoed and Porthcawl.”
“It’s about connecting Pencoed as a whole, which is currently separated by a railway crossing and it will encourage better connectivity for residents and anyone using Pencoed for business.”