New round of funding for walking & cycling schemes

Earlier this week, the Welsh Government announced a £38million funding package for walking & cycling in 2020-21, with Bridgend set to receive around £3million.

The focus, again, is on improving walking and cycling facilities between Bridgend and Pencoed.

  • A new walking and cycling route along Felindre Road to Pencoed Cemetery and Pencoed Technology Park. The A473 crossing at the Felindre Road roundabout will be upgraded to cater for cyclists.
  • A similar upgrade to the Waterton roundabout (A48) as that recently completed at the Coychurch roundabout.
  • A £222,000 package for Coity Higher Community Council including chicane crossing points, a speed-activated sign for Heol West Plas and five additional uncontrolled crossing points around the area.
  • £450,000 to undertake additional surveys and other work to develop future routes.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr. Richard Young (Lab, Pendre) said: “This is excellent news for the county borough. We have a long-term plan of creating a seamless link from Bridgend town centre to Pencoed and onto Pencoed College with the opportunity provided for all who wish to cycle or walk to work, school and college.”

Several other schemes submitted by the council were unsuccessful – but could be taken forward in the future – including the completion of a walking and cycling route between The Pines and Bridgend Town Centre (along the A4061), a 4km route between Pyle and Porthcawl, a junction upgrade outside South Wales Police Headquarters and the second phase of a Safe Routes to School scheme for Newton Primary School.

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