Bridgend MS welcomes Welsh Government funding to develop safer routes across Bridgend county borough

Bridgend Council has benefited from the latest round of funding from the Welsh Government to support active travel routes. Bridgend MS Carwyn Jones has welcomed the news that Bridgend Council will receive a £3million grant to develop safer routes across his Bridgend constituency.

The funding includes almost £2.6 million for a package of improvements along the planned active travel route between Bridgend and Pencoed College. It also involves just over £450,000 for the council to take forward initial surveys and preliminary designs of sections of the active travel network for the future, as well as £220,000 for the development of safe routes in Coity Higher.

It is expected that the work will be completed by the end of March 2021.

The Welsh Government funding is in addition to an earlier funding round where Bridgend Council was awarded £620,000 grant from the Welsh Government for post Covid temporary and permanent active travel routes. The Council has announced that the funding will be used to provide additional pedestrian and cycle crossing points in communities across the county borough and improve many existing ones. It will also see part of the road space between Coychurch Roundabout and Bridgend town centre becoming a temporary active travel route for 12 weeks. The 2.5km section will include Kingsway Avenue on the Bridgend Industrial Estate, York Road to Cowbridge Road. If successful, it could become permanent.

Mr Jones said “This is excellent news. During these unprecedented times, we have seen people’s travel habits change quite significantly so having these enhanced routes will continue to encourage more people to make healthier, greener travel choices.”