New Walkway Opening in the Rhiw

Carwyn Jones AM opens the new walkway into the Rhiw
Carwyn Jones AM opens the new walkway into the Rhiw

An important new link between Bridgend Indoor Market and the nearby multi-storey car park has been created with the extension of the Rhiw pedestrian walkway.

Officially opened by First Minister and Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones, the Bridgend County Borough Council project has created a brand new access point to the market. The extension will mean that visitors to Bridgend town centre will be able to enter the indoor market directly from the car park for the first time since the market opened at the Rhiw in 1973.

There’s also been a fresh look for the walkway with improved lighting and additional security measures. It has ramped access into the Rhiw Shopping centre from the second floor of the multi-storey car park where it sits alongside the popular Shopmobility centre.

Bridgend AM, Carwyn Jones said, “The new walkway will be a fantastic opportunity for the market, bringing more people through and improving trade. It is important to do all we can to support our independent local traders who play a vital role in adding to the vibrancy of Bridgend town centre.”

Council Leader, Cllr Mel Nott welcomed the work: “As well as improving this well-used public footbridge, we’ve designed it to support our stallholders and boost trade in the indoor market. The market is a well known and well used part of Bridgend and offers a great shopping experience for visitors. But we want even more people to use it. Now that we have this link it will encourage those parking in the Rhiw to make the market their first port of call.”

Originally a provisions market selling meat, fish and vegetables, Bridgend Indoor Market has developed over the years to offer a diverse range of goods and services.

With a new camera stall about to open, among the current stalls are butchers, a cheese and delicatessen counter, a greengrocer, a baker, cafes, a takeaway salad bar, a pet stall, hot and cold take away meals, baby clothes and gifts, jewellery, bric-a-brac, second hand books, carpets, electrical spare parts, lingerie and hats, cookware, shoes, mobile phone accessories, t-shirt printing, dressmaking repairs, watch batteries, a computer shop, a barber, a beautician and a nail bar. It is open every day of the week except Sunday.

The First Minister and Leader were joined by the Mayor of the County Borough of Bridgend Cllr Marlene Thomas, Cabinet Members – Cllr Mike Gregory, Cllr Lyn Morgan and Cllr Huw David together with local members Cllr Edith Hughes and Cllr Christina Rees for the official opening.

The extension has been fully funded by the Labour run Bridgend County Borough Council.