SEWTA’S BUS PRIORITY STRATEGY WINS PLAUDITS
Sewta’s latest bus priority scheme is being hailed a great success, with the travelling public enjoying greatly improved journey times around the Upper Boat, Treforest area.
All work has now been completed on this £1.3m element of the Pontypridd to Cardiff Bus Priority Corridor with improved traffic management systems being installed, and the feedback from bus operators and their passengers is very good indeed, with significant cuts in average journey times.
Regional Transport Consortium Sewta (the South East Wales Transport Alliance) co-ordinates transport strategy, plans and programmes for the 10 local councils of South East Wales.
The works, undertaken by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, are part of Sewta’s Regional Transport Plan programme funded by the Welsh Government. They ensure that both motorists and bus users are able to navigate around a busy gyratory system more easily.
Thanks to the scheme, the northbound approach of Main Avenue has now been widened to three lanes, and traffic signals have been installed, along with the widening of Tonteg Road to two lanes between Gwaelod-y-Garth Road and Severn Road. The area has also benefited from improved street lighting, new traffic signage, lane markings and bus stop upgrades.
Chair of Sewta, and Cabinet Member for Communities at Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Phil White, said:
“Sewta is delighted that the works undertaken in Upper Boat, Treforest have now been completed and the benefits of improved traffic flow are now being enjoyed by everyone. I am particularly pleased with the very positive feedback from the bus operators.”
Stagecoach Operating Manager, Stephen Evans said:
“The traffic lights on Main Avenue have been a tremendous help to the reliability of our buses, particularly through the afternoon peak. Of just over 100 separate journeys analysed, there was a 22 per cent reduction in average journey times, saving just over three minutes per trip.”
The Managing Director for NAT Group, Kevyn Jones, said:
“The traffic situation has been greatly improved since this work has been completed which has greatly improved the timekeeping of our 102 service at afternoon peaks. Please pass on our thanks and those of our passengers.”
Rhondda Cynon Taff Councillor Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, said:
“Refurbishment of local bus stops and additional work to assist the flow of traffic in general and buses in particular has been an on-going priority for the Council since 2009. The extra funding we received earlier this year from Sewta will continue to further enhance the works that have already been undertaken to improve public transport infrastructure in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and on this important corridor into Cardiff.”
“We are committed to delivering public transport services, in partnership with operators and other agencies that meet the needs of our many residents.”
Sewta is the alliance of local authorities charged with developing transport policy and delivering transport projects on behalf of the 10 local authorities in South East Wales and their partners, both in the transport industry and in organisations representing passengers’ interests.
Sewta’s membership includes the local authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan. Partners are the Confederation of Passenger Transport, Arriva Trains Wales, First Great Western, Network Rail, Bus Users UK, Passenger Focus and Sustrans. Sewta works closely with the Welsh Government.