Speed bumps to be modernised so that buses may return to New Road
22 June 2016
The ageing speed bumps along New Road in Porthcawl are set to be modernised so that buses may return to the street for the first time in years.
Due to their height and design, the speed bumps have become incompatible with modern low-floor buses.
As a result, anyone making a bus journey to Porthcawl from Newton or the Parkdean Holiday Park has had to get used to travelling a less direct route through the narrow streets of a nearby housing estate.
Porthcawl Town Council has submitted a proposal to update the speed bumps on New Road so that they conform with modern standards, and Bridgend County Borough Council has awarded £20,000 towards the cost of the scheme.
Councillor Ceri Reeves, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This scheme will make it possible for buses to use New Road once again, which would provide a massive boost for public transport and encourage more people to travel to and from Newton. Around half of the residents living in Newton are of retirement age, so this news will be welcomed.
“If buses were to use a route along New Road it would also make a difference for the 300,000 visitors that stay in the Parkdean Holiday Park each year. And, as well as improving transport links, there could be a knock-on effect of stimulating more businesses to open up along New Road.
“Although the speed bumps have served a purpose for many years, the time has come for them to be modernised.”
The New Road scheme is one of a number put forward by town and community councils that were approved to receive funding by Cabinet Members from Bridgend County Borough Council at their most recent meeting.
Each of the Town and Community Councils involved have to meet at least 50 per cent of the project costs, and the New Road scheme has an estimated total cost of £75,000.