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10th July 2019

The options to improve transport links between Penarth and Cardiff Barrage have been revealed

BY: Nathan Spackman

Plans for a park and ride and a new transport interchange are set to be taken forward as part of options to improve links between Penarth and Cardiff Barrage.

Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering a range of options to improve transport links in the town and its ruling body is set to approve three potential schemes for further consideration.

They include building a bus park and ride in the Cosmeston area with sustainable transport links across Cardiff Barrage, upgrading Cogan railway station which could also include a park and ride facility, and new active travel infrastructure across Penarth including a headland link.

A previously considered option of opening Cardiff Barrage to private vehicles during peak times is set to be dropped due to the potential public opposition and deliverability of the idea.

The council’s cabinet will decide which transport options, assessed by Capita, to take forward on July 15.

If cabinet approves, and after consideration by a council scrutiny committee, these options would be assessed in greater detail before it is decided which scheme, if any, the council will put forward to a full business case.

Which options are set to be considered further?

Option one:  Active travel proposals for Penarth

The active travel proposals include a shared pedestrian and cycle headland link between Penarth Pier and Cardiff Bay, and a cycle route between the Merrie Harrier pub, Pont y Werin and Penarth Road.

Also included in this option are measures to improve the active travel infrastructure already in Penarth and attracting the Nextbike cycle hire scheme to the town.

The Capita report says: “The lack of a joined-up network of active travel links within Penarth and to the wider active travel network, e.g. to Cardiff, along with the congested nature of the highway network, limits the potential of active travel as an option for everyday journeys.

“The provision of new active travel infrastructure would encourage greater levels of walking and cycling and improve links between key services.”

Option two: Bus park and ride and sustainable transport links across to Cardiff Barrage

Capita says a bus park and ride at Cosmeston would reduce congestion in the area and increase sustainable travel options for commuters into Cardiff.

It says key junctions between Cosmeston and Cardiff Barrage could be improved to reduce bus journey times.

The report says: “The current route for buses travelling from Penarth to Cardiff is via heavily trafficked roads with no bus priority measures in place. Buses are subject to the same delays as private vehicles and journeys by bus take longer than the equivalent journey by car.

“The unreliability and slow journey times of bus services due to traffic delays reduces the attractiveness of travel by bus as an alternative to the car, particularly for commuting journeys.”

This option also includes the introduction of new travel options into Cardiff from the Barrage. Water taxis, self-driving electric pods, vehicles or bikes, a monorail or shuttle bus linking Penarth and Cardiff, powered uphill cycle lifts and a cable car have all been suggested during a consultation.

The report says: “Consideration would need to be given to the infrastructure required to enable any sustainable transport option to travel the length of the barrage, as currently a significant section of the barrage is only accessible by
pedestrians and cyclists.”

Option three: New transport interchange

Under this option, Cogan railway station would be upgraded to create a new transport interchange serving the Penarth Marina and Cardiff Bay areas.

Potential upgrades include a park and ride facility of 168 spaces and a residential development on a vacant site to the east of the station, facilities for buses and taxis to allow better links to Penarth Marina and Cardiff Bay and improvements to passenger facilities – including as new platform for the Penarth to Cardiff line.

The report says: “The current provision for park and ride at Cogan Station is limited, the station has poor quality pedestrian links to the surrounding area and the highway network in the vicinity of the station experiences problems of congestion.”

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