Abercynon Park & Ride

The project comprised the construction of a park and ride facility in a very restricted location directly adjacent to Abercynon Railway Station and alongside an operational railway line and the River Taff.

Client: Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
Location: Abercynon
Value: £3m


The park and ride facility was to be created on reclaimed derelict land to provide regeneration comprising:

  • Parking for up to 160 cars, including 11 disabled parking spaces
  • CCTV coverage
  • Improved lighting and signing
  • A new two span bridge across River Taff with footways linking Navigation Park with access to the Abercynon Railway Station to create a first class integrated transport facility.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd proposed a significant reduction to the Contract Period by utilising smaller plant to access the existing bridge and by double handling materials from a marshalling area in Navigation Park. This allowed the construction of the car park and subway concurrently with the bridge works.


The project was delivered well ahead of programme:

  • Contract commenced 22nd February 2010
  • Original Contract period 72 weeks (Completion 11th July 2011)
  • Contractor planned completion 52 weeks (22nd February 2011)
  • Contractor handover 14 December 2010 – 42 weeks

This was 10 weeks ahead of the Contractor’s revised scheduled date and 30 weeks ahead of the contractual date. The overall cost of the scheme was projected as £4m, but due to a combination of positive partnership working, excellent community relations and value engineering a saving of £1m was made.

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