Work to begin on railway station upgrade

Work to improve Pontypool and New Inn Railway Station and create an integrated park and ride facility is due to begin this week.

The £7.1m project, which will also include station improvements, new electric vehicle charging points and a footbridge and lift, aims to increase the number of people who use the station from across the borough and surrounding area.

Work will begin on the site on Monday 28 February and one lane of the A4042 will be closed south bound, between the Horse and Jockey and Skewfields roundabouts.

Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for the Environment said: “After 10 years, I am very pleased we are in a position to begin work on this important project.

“The redevelopment of Pontypool and New Inn Railway Station will increase opportunities for people across the borough to travel more sustainably.

“It will also support residents who live in some of our most deprived areas where car ownership rates are low. Lack of transport can be a barrier to applying for jobs and further education and we are hoping this project will open up opportunities for people both within the borough and neighbouring areas.”

The scheme is funded by Torfaen Council, Cardiff City Region and Welsh Government, and will be one of the first Cardiff Capital Region Metro Plus scheme to be delivered.

Rachel Jowitt, Torfaen Council’s Chief Officer for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Public Protection and Climate Change, said: “We are pleased this will be one of the first schemes to be developed as part of the development of a South Wales Metro.

“The aim of this project is to transform Pontypool and New Inn Railway Station into a key hub for travel in the South Wales region. It will be one of just a few in Wales to have a park and ride facility accessed directly from a trunk road, which will improve access to the station for people with cars, cyclists and passengers with disabilities.”

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