News - Pencoed's new park and ride opens to the public
20th June 2011
A new 56-space park and ride facility is now open at Pencoed Railway Station
Open to drivers from Monday 13 June, the facility has been developed by Bridgend County Borough Council with the support of South East Wales Regional Consortia (Sewta). European and Welsh Government funding has helped to pay for the project.
It will operate on land north of the east-bound platform and aims to stop ad hoc parking near the station, reduce the need for drivers to use the level crossing, and encourage the use of rail links.
It’s expected to generate an extra 189,000 rail passenger kilometres from Pencoed station per year and is likely to increase parking at the station by 290 cars per week within 12 months.
Deputy Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor David Sage, said: “This is an exciting stage in our ongoing development and regeneration of Pencoed.
“It offers local people the opportunity to commute and travel in a more sustainable way by making the railway station more accessible. It will also cut down on inconsiderate parking nearby and reduce local traffic.
“Pencoed is a thriving community with many local amenities and opportunities. As a council we’re pleased to offer this latest development which is part of our overall action plan for the town. I hope Pencoed residents and those in the surrounding areas will find real benefit in this important new facility.”
Drivers will be able to access the park and ride between 7am and 6pm. And although the inward gate will be closed at 6pm, traffic flow plates will still allow drivers to exit the car park after that time.
It means later train passengers can still drive from the car park after 6pm but the measures will prevent unsociable behaviour in the car park after that time.
In time a new footpath will provide direct access to the east-bound platform and the existing pedestrian access has already been upgraded as part of the development.
The Pencoed Park and Ride developed by BCBC is supported by Sewta with Welsh Government and European funding: