We are pleased to learn that Port Talbot Travel Hub, a project that we have been supporting Neath port Talbot CBC on, has commenced on site following a successful funding application. The project will add to our established portfolio of infrastructure placemaking schemes.
The Hub, which will be located adjacent to the recently rebuilt Parkway station, will act as a focal point for transport in the area. It is jointly funded by the Welsh Government (£2.7m) and the European Regional Development Fund (£2.5m).
Economy and Infrastructure SecretaryKen Skates said:
“I’m delighted to announce this significant funding for what will be an exciting development at the heart of Port Talbot. Improving local public transport connection forms a central part of our vision for transport in Wales and having such an inviting, dedicated facility will be a big step towards that for the area. It is now vital that such local infrastructure improvements are matched at national level, and I continue to press the UK Government to ensure electrification of the rail line to Swansea happens at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Together, these improvements form an exciting opportunity not only to better serve Neath Port Talbot and its communities but to attract further investment. I look forward to seeing the completed Hub, alongside the new train station, forming the nucleus for a well connected, modern public transport network for the area.”
Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council added:
“The Integrated Transport Hub Forms part of the wider Vibrant and Viable Places' project to improve links and connections within Port Talbot, and will include a bus station, taxi rank and drop-off and pick-up bays, providing a safe and attractive pedestrian dominated concourse.
The Hub will provide easier access to employment and residential areas in and around the town and valleys areas, and forms part of the Council's wider regeneration plans for Port Talbot's town centre and Harbourside.
The Urbanists are an integral part of our team and provided invaluable design support to satisfy Design Council for Wales criteria and helped secure planning approval.”