£26.7m funding to transform Merthyr Tydfil and villages in Taff Bargoed Valley

Plans to regenerate Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre and villages across the Taff Bargoed Valley through £26.7m investment have been given the go ahead.

The Welsh Assembly Government have provided £21.7m of funding through the European Regional Development Fund, Heads of the Valleys Programme and the Targeted Match Fund.

Other parts of the town will be revived through the creation of a new public space at the Gateway to the Pontmorlais Heritage Area and improved access to the train station. A Building Enhancement Programme will offer funding to help businesses make improvements to their commercial properties.

Work is due to begin in 2010 and be complete by 2015.

Schemes being developed and proposed in Merthyr Tydfil include an enhanced highway system with a new bridge linking the town centre to the River Taff and a redesign of Avenue de Clichy and Castle Street, improvements to the River Taff Corridor and creation of a Boulevard River Walkway which will reconnect the Town Centre to the river.

Also, improvements to the appearance of key gateways used by people arriving from Mid and North Wales and the Midlands, development of a major new public square in the town centre and a Building Enhancement Scheme for commercial properties in Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre.

In, Taff Bargoed Valley, there will be a new traffic management system in Trelewis High Street, improvements to commercial buildings through the Treharris Town Centre Building Enhancement Scheme, landscaping improvements and enhancement to the Glyn Bargoed Road gateway between Trelewis and Treharris and heritage led enhancements to Bedlinog Square in Cwm Felin Conservation Area.

Deputy Minister for Regneration Jocelyn Davies said: "Improving the environment in which people live and work will increase the economic potential of the area - attracting investment and stimulating employment opportunities."

Further information:
Welsh Assembly Government