SOME road and path closures are needed as works begin on transforming the former Pontypridd bingo hall into open public space and bus bays.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has said construction will start on Monday, February 5, and is due for completion this summer after previous work to demolish the site and prepare it for development.
Here are the details drivers and pedestrians need to know about the works:
- From February 5-21, Sardis Road pedestrian island located on the A4058 between the train station and the bingo hall site will be closed. An alternative route for pedestrians is to use the formal crossing point near the railway station bridge, and then cross the A4058 using the pedestrian island near The Tumble Inn – this route will be clearly signposted.
- A lane and footway on Sardis Road, next to the bingo hall site will be closed from February 21 to early summer 2024. The council said the closure is essential to ensure safety and enable the proper management of site access. Work will also be done on or very close to the highway’s outside lane, to adjust the kerb for the future movement of buses with associated work to the signals and ducts.
- High Street will be closed to vehicles on Sunday, February 18. Work will include service connections and resurfacing.
The council said these traffic arrangements are essential to safely build the new bus bays, in order for their completion in time for the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The site is set to include a small food and drink outlet, signs and visitor information, seating areas, and areas of greenery and planting.
The new bus bays will be on the site’s boundary with Sardis Road, and a separate seating area will also be provided for bus users.
The new bus bays are being put in place in time for Pontypridd and Rhondda Cynon Taf to host the National Eisteddfod for Wales in August 2024.
Funding came from Welsh Government for the construction phase through the Transforming Towns initiative on top of funding previously announced for the site demolition and the new bus bays are funded through the Welsh Government Regional Transport Fund.