A new £5.3m integrated transport hub in Port Talbot featuring six bus bays has been given the green light by Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM. Located adjacent to the recently rebuilt Parkway station in the town, it is being jointly funded by the Welsh Government (£2.7m) and the European Regional Development Fund (£2.5m). Features will include interactive outdoor bus timetable displays, a combined canopy/bus shelter structure intended to complement the design of Parkway Station, cafe areas and safe crossing points, as well as public open spaces constructed in high quality, robust materials.
Ken Skates said, ‘I’m delighted to announce this significant funding for what will be an exciting development at the heart of Port Talbot. Improving local public transport connection forms a central part of our vision for transport in Wales and having such an inviting, dedicated facility will be a big step towards that for the area. It is now vital that such local infrastructure improvements are matched at national level, and I continue to press the UK Government to ensure electrification of the rail line to Swansea happens at the earliest possible opportunity. Together, these improvements form an exciting opportunity not only to better serve Neath Port Talbot and its communities but to attract further investment. I look forward to seeing the completed Hub, alongside the new train station, forming the nucleus for a well connected, modern public transport network for the area.’