No trains will pass through Pontypridd for two days to allow for essential works

No trains will run between Pontypridd and Radyr for two days to allow for essential works, Transport for Wales has confirmed.

The travel provider said it was continuing to move forward with construction of the South Wales Metro, with work taking place in the spring.

The transformation of the Core Valley Lines for the Underground, which has been partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, will allow faster and more frequent services between Cardiff and the Headlands.

Under the new scheme, TfW is constructing a brand new depot and control center at Taff’s Well, and will carry out essential work at and around the station throughout the spring.

Between March 1 and March 2, no trains will run between Pontypridd and Radyr during works on the line. Work will include clearing vegetation, laying out the tracks of the new depot and carrying out work at the station to prepare for the construction of the new accessible footbridge.

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Further work will also take place later in the spring which will require the complete closure of Ffordd Bleddyn – the road outside the station.

While the road has been closed to vehicles since August 2021, it is now expected to be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from April 11, pending planning approval from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council .

This will include a small section of the Taff Trail out of use, with diversions in place for closure until the fall.

To ensure that the planned diversion routes are suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, TfW will undertake improvement works along Forest Road and Cemetery Road to prepare for this, including the introduction of a cycle lane and traffic calming measures to protect vulnerable road users.

Karl Gilmore, Director of Rail Infrastructure at TfW, said: “This essential work means we are another step in delivering South Wales Metro to the people of Wales.

“The main infrastructure works will enable us to prepare it for the introduction of brand new tram-trains in the years to come.

“I would like to thank our line-side neighbors and passengers in advance for their understanding and continued support as we carry out this work.”

Members of the public have the opportunity to raise concerns about the improvement works along Forest Road and Cemetery Road by contacting the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Traffic Management Team by March 9, 2022 .

This can be done by email to [email protected] or by post to the Traffic Services Officer at Traffic Management, Sardis House, Sardis Road, Pontypridd, CF37 1DU.

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