Work starts on creating over 120 crossing points

Work has started on creating more than 120 new crossing points in Bridgend county borough to help encourage more people to walk and cycle.

The scheme forms part of the £620,000 active travel funding provided by Welsh Government to Bridgend County Borough Council to improve the safety conditions of walking and cycle paths both during, and following, the Covid-19 crisis.

A total of 122 uncontrolled crossing points will be created with around 30 more being improved. The tactile crossings enable a more defined space for pedestrians and cyclists to cross roads.

The council’s cabinet member for communities Richard Young said: “These uncontrolled crossing points have been on the waiting list for some time and it’s great news work is now underway on them thanks to the funding from Welsh Government.

“Uncontrolled crossings are of assistance for those who have mobility issues, for people with prams as well as walkers and cyclists, providing a defined space for crossing roads.”

The crossing points will be created in places across the county borough including: Cefn Glas; Wildmill; Porthcawl; Pencoed; Maesteg; Aberkenfig; Caerau; Litchard; Coity; Bryntirion; North Cornelly; Laleston; Newcastle; Brackla; Waterton; Bryncethin; Bridgend town centre and Pyle.

The active travel funding is also being used to enable part of the road space between Coychurch Roundabout and Bridgend town centre to become a temporary active travel route. The route along the Kingsway in industrial is already in use with work planned for Cowbridge Road.