Remembering Porthcawl Railway Crossing and Signal Box

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Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones unveiled a blue plaque at Station Hill, Porthcawl, to commemorate the town’s industrial rail links. The blue plaque is situated at the rear of the RAFA Club, at the site of the former Station Hill Signal Box and Railway Crossing. This was a Porthcawl Shout Forum Community project and funded by Bridgend Council and Porthcawl Town Council.

At the event were members of Porthcawl Shout Forum, the Mayor of Porthcawl and the Mayor of Bridgend, representatives from Porthcawl Town Council, Ceri Joseph and David Swidenbank from Porthcawl Museum, the Executive Director of Groundwork Wales and representatives from the RAFA Club and school children from Newton Primary School.

After the ceremony, Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones looked at the heritage project design, walked the subway to see the Comprehensive School artwork from the 2011 refurbishment and talked to Newton School Children about their part in the heritage project. The school pupils’ railway-themed designs are in the artwork that has been created nearby to reflect a cluster of railway signals.

Porthcawl SHOUT Forum Chairman Gary Victor said: “This is a proud day and the culmination of several years’ work to rejuvenate this area and create a link between the present and our proud past. The town grew either side of the railway line, which of course is now the dual carriageway. While this spot was once home to the signal box, it is now a pedestrian route used by shoppers walking between the town centre and Newton.

“The subway had become dilapidated, so we are thrilled at its transformation into a modern, vibrant space complete with a seating area where pedestrians, particularly older residents, can take a rest if needed.”

Mr Jones also visited the RAFA Club where he had an opportunity to look at old photos of Porthcawl and in particular of the Station Hill area.