A cycling and walking route for the community in Treforest

Part of the Valleys Cycle Network, the new route has created better access to the beautiful Welsh valleys as well as linking to local towns, shops and attractions.
The challenge

Busy trunk roads, railway lines, rivers and housing all compete for space within the narrow valleys in South Wales, and create big barriers to walking and cycling in the area. Motor traffic through Treforest often travels too fast for the narrow roads within the community and impacts on the ability for local people to undertake journeys by foot or cycle, especially school, children and students.

The solution

The Treforest scheme has given pupils an insight into the benefits of cycling and cycle routes. For some, it has reinforced the facilities of the Taff Trail, which is near their homes.

- Geoff Herbert, Parclewis Primary School

The Treforest Community Route creates a mainly traffic-free path that provides a link from the Church Village Community Route through Treforest to the town centre of Pontypridd and the famous Taff Trail. Travelling through Treforest, the route becomes on-road, with a 20mph zone, for a short section to join a traffic-free path to cross the River Taff. The path leads up to Ynysangharad Park and Pontypridd Town Centre, or you can turn off to join the Taff Trail.

The difference

By giving people a greater choice about the way they travel the project has allowed shorter journeys to be made on foot or by bike rather than by car, helping to cut local congestion and reduce carbon emissions. The route provides a lovely traffic-free trail from Cross Inn, Llantrisant into Treforest and features two great pieces of public artwork, an array of biodiversity and spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. The route also offers fantastic commuting opportunities for the local community and employees and students of the University of Glamorgan as well as slowing traffic generally throughout Treforest.

Want to find out more?

Find out how we’re transforming local travel in communities UK-wide, and making it easier for millions of people to walk and cycle for their everyday journeys. Call Sustrans, Cardiff office on 029 2065 0602 or email: [email protected]