Following recent news articles reporting that the people in the Rhondda Fach feel ‘cut off, let down’ and ‘forgotten’, My Rhondda News can now reveal some good news regarding the Fach’s public transport plans.
Leanne Wood recently raised the issue in the Senedd, calling for more opportunities and better transport into the Fach, including extending the South East Wales Metro to the Rhondda Fach.
The South Wales Metro will take in all areas of South East Wales, but current maps show it will miss out the Rhondda Fach completely. It even goes to back-of-beyond places such as Pontlottyn, Treharris and Pentrebach.
Recently leaked documents show that Transport for Wales (TFW) have plans to give the Rhondda Fach its very own Metro System. The small side of the Rhondda, known to most Rhondda people as The Other Valley, will get a Metro system linking Maerdy to Porth.
The new Metro, known as the Rhondda Fach Metro, will provide locals with a regular bus service, leaving Maerdy every 30 minutes. “Passengers will be able to get on and off at many stops within the valley.” said Clive Munty of Transport for Wales, “This will give the people of Rhondda Fach a sense of being connected to other areas of the Rhondda Fach.”
There won’t actually be any new busses running to make up the Rhondda Fach Metro, and that’s the ingenious bit. TFW says it will save tens of thousands of pounds annually, by simply using the existing wi-fi enabled 132 bus service. “Passengers will have to get off in Porth, and then join the South Wales Metro if they wish to travel onwards,” Mr Munty continued, “unfortunately, Rhondda Fach Metro tickets will not be accepted on the South Wales Metro.”
Mary Fringe from Blaenllechau told My Rhondda News,”It’s absolutely ridiculous really, they’ve forgotten about us in Blaen again, I feel cut off, let down and forgotten.”
Clive Munty said there are no plans to extend the Rhondda Fach Metro to Blaenllechau.