R.C.T Council Explores Abercynon Train Station Park & Ride Extension

In March Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Members agreed funding that will explore the second phase of Abercynon’s Park and Ride Scheme – which would provide extra parking spaces at the village’s train station.

It now means that £10,000 will be used to conduct feasibility studies for the extension of the Abercynon Park and Ride Scheme.

The first phase of the Scheme was a major boost to Abercynon when it was first 3076450_f1c09cffannounced in 2009 and delivered in 2010. It provided over 150 parking spaces which were built on then-derelict land east of the train station. It was linked to the Navigation Business Park with a new bridge over the river.

At the meeting Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “During its meeting on Thursday, Cabinet agreed to allocate funding for feasibility studies and design ahead of a proposed second phase of the Abercynon Park and Ride Scheme, which has hugely benefited residents since 2010.

“The parking facilities at Abercynon train station are now experiencing even more heavy demand, which is why the Council is exploring the possibility of extending the scheme further.

“On the back of the successful work to complete phase one of the Porth Park and Ride Scheme last year, the plans for Abercynon once again demonstrate the Council’s commitment to investing in its priority areas through the wider £200m RCTinvest programme.”

We look forward to the completion of the feasibility study at and welcome R.C.T Council’s commitment to expanding the very popular parking provision at Abercynon Park and Ride.

Rhys & Elaine 

New R.C.T Council Childcare Offer – Apply Now

A pilot scheme that will see Rhondda Cynon Taf Council delivering the most generous childcare offer in Wales will launch in September.

The authority has been chosen as one of seven to test the Welsh Government’s new initiative to provide working parents of three and four year olds 30 hours’ childcare and early education for 48 weeks of the year.

All eligible families living in the catchment areas of the following schools can take advantage of the offer, which is set to start on September 4 this year and can be applied for online:

  • Bryncelynnog
  • Ferndale Comprehensive School
  • Mountain Ash Comprehensive
  • YG Rhydywaun.

The new offer is open to parents who live in the postcode catchment areas for the four pilot schools.

The provision will be offered from the school term following a child’s third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday, when they begin full-term reception education.

Parents must be working the equivalent of 16 hours per week at National Minimum Wage levels. If you are a couple or married, this applies to both of you. If you are single, it relates just to you.

There is no upper working hours/earning threshold as part of the pilot scheme.

The 30 hours includes the 15 hours nursery provision  already offered, plus an additional 15 hours offered via approved childcare providers only.

During school holidays, the provision will extend to 30 hours Government-funded childcare a week.

To apply online click here