Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on the Department for Transport to provide the funding needed to close the dangerous level crossing in Pencoed.
Speaking during Transport Questions, the Ogmore MP asked ministers to invest in this part of the rail network following a lack of investment from the UK Government in recent years.
In January, an award of £60,000 was allocated from the Welsh Labour Government’s Local Transport Fund to allow Bridgend County Borough Council to carry out a feasibility study for the nearby Penprysg road rail bridge. The bridge would need to be widened to prevent congestion in the town worsening following the proposed closure of the crossing.
The crossing in Pencoed can be closed for as much as 40 minutes within any given hour, resulting in significant congestion in the town and surrounding areas.
Chris, who also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rail in Wales, has been working alongside the Welsh Government, Bridgend County Borough Council, Pencoed Town Council and local campaigners to secure this closure since he was first elected.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The Welsh Labour Government are ready, Bridgend County Borough Council are ready – just when will the UK Government be ready to deliver this much needed improvement?
“There is simply no need for this level crossing to remain open. It’s one of the most dangerous in the country and local residents have been rightly calling for this closure for many years.
“It’s time for the Secretary of State for Transport to finally give us the funding and support we need to get this important work done.
“This issue isn’t going away. Local residents have been campaigning on this issue for too long for it not to happen now.”