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Transport for Wales to be headquartered in Pontypridd

  • By Your Pontypridd
  • 20 Mar, 2017

The organisation responsible for the Welsh Rail and the South Wales Metro to be based in Pontypridd

 As a consequence of the Welsh Government's decision that the Welsh Revenue Authority will be based nearby Treforest, the organisation responsible for the Welsh Rail and the South Wales Metro will be based in Pontypridd. The Welsh Government says Pontypridd is "ideally located" on the Metro network and the economy secretary Ken Skates, has said that this decision will bring plenty of jobs in the area and the Welsh Government said that hundreds of staff will be based there.

The organisation will be based at the new Taff Vale regeneration site in Pontypridd, as will the company that wins the franchise. A contract will be awarded in early 2018. Speaking ahead of a speech on Welsh economic policy at Coleg y Cymoedd, Mr Skates said: "This is great news for the town but it needs to be the start of something bigger. We need to work with partners in the local authority, the private sector as well as local colleges and universities to ensure this injection of jobs becomes a spark for wider local regeneration and prosperity."

Ken Skates admitted that even if they have successfully manged to develop key economic sectors and achieve great things especially in areas such as aerospace and the creative industries, the distribution of these skills has not fallen equally across Wales, and with this move, the Welsh Government aims to develop and empower all Wales' regions, helping them grow in their own specialised sectors and to obtain their own economic identities. The economic secretary argues that the Welsh Government strives to lead Wales, not only to economic but also to social success, as it aims to make people more employable and improve transport links so that communities can have better jobs closer to home.

It seems like the odds are in favour for Pontypridd, which continuously grows and flourishes, with faith in regeneration, equality and growth!


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A huge thank you to everyone who voted for the Hope Rescue Charity Shop in our competition for the Pontypridd Business Improvement District ‘Best Dressed Window’ award for Christmas 2017.

The winning display was chosen by voters online on the BID's Facebook page, we received a huge response with the post reaching 20,000 users and over 700 people voted, eight businesses in the Business Improvement District participated. 

AM for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw, who presented the award to our Retail Manager, Katy Scourfield said: “Congratulations to Hope Rescue who managed to fend off some fierce completion to win the public vote. Hope Rescue is doing important work by rehoming dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership and I’m delighted to present them with this well-deserved award.”

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Katy Scourfield responded:“We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award. Our team of twenty volunteers work incredibly hard to provide high quality displays and a special service all year around, so this award is for the whole team. I’d like to thank all our customers for supporting Hope Rescue.”

Congratulations and well done to the Charity Shop team!
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