Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates has today given the green light for a new £5.3m integrated transport hub in Port Talbot.
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).
Ken 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.”
The Hub will include:
- 6 Bus Bays
- Interactive Outdoor Bus Timetable Displays
- Dedicated taxi and drop off areas
- Combined Canopy / Bus Shelter Structure to complement the design of the Parkway Station
- Public Open Spaces constructed in high quality, robust materials
- Upgraded Highway and Security Lighting
- Café Areas
- Safe Crossing Points
- Realigned highway with improved through flow capacity.
Councillor Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said:
“The new Integrated Transport Hub will be a key development for Neath Port Talbot as we work to improve connectivity and boost economic growth for our local communities.
“Paired with the newly redeveloped Port Talbot Parkway Station, the Hub will enable people to travel more easily and more conveniently across the region for both employment and leisure purposes, and will be warmly welcomed by local residents and businesses alike.”