Fresh from the £30m ‘Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration Programme’ investment into Port Talbot, the town is further boosted by plans to create a £15m transport hub in the centre – with hopes that more businesses and visitors will be attracted to the area.
Created by Neath Port Talbot council and currently undergoing consultation and planning consent, the hub could improve access to the town whilst giving residents, visitors and businesses more transport options. Not only that, but it will also help communities in the nearby valleys access more employment and opportunities – helping to establish Port Talbot as the next big thing in business development.
At the beginning of the year, the closure of the slip road into the town to ease congestion thwarted businesses, with local traders complaining that the twice-daily closures hit their businesses hard and thus only prove that easily accessible transport links is vital for the development of the town.
Regeneration and strategic development manager for Neath Port Talbot Council Andrew Collins said:
Port Talbot was recognised as a key regional site for rail travel, people were coming from Swansea to Port Talbot because of the parking and access.
The ‘Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration Programme’ is being described as a real game-changer for Port Talbot, transforming and evolving a number of diverse projects such as housing and commercial space – and now the transport hub.
Known for its industrial past and sizable steelworks history, heavy industry is a visible feature of the local economy and whilst it will always be the face of the area, regeneration and development in the town is a great step forward for what the future of Port Talbot holds.