21st Century Generation
Pontypool was once a hub of industrial and creative activity with a ﬂourishing indoor market, distinctive architecture and a beautiful park. It was industrious and active with a strong community spirit. Since the loss of traditional industries however, Pontypool has reduced in size and prosperity
Pontypool serves a catchment population of around 36,000 in mid and north Torfaen and has an important role in providing services and facilities for these communities, some of which are amongst the most deprived in Wales.
The key issues currently facing communities around Pontypool Town Centre relate to low income, economic inactivity and poor attainment in education and training. The Torfaen Retail and Leisure Study 2007, identiﬁed the poor environmental quality of the town centre as being a major factor in having a negative impact on the retail performance of the town. The study highlighted the number of vacant units, the poor condition of buildings and the domination of trafﬁc in non-pedestrianised areas.
Regeneration of Pontypool
The Regeneration Strategy of Pontypool sets out a clear vision and framework, agreed with the local community, for the future of their town centre over the next 15-20 years. This strategy not only identiﬁes physical changes to improve the viability of the town, but also highlights ways in which the potential of people living around and using Pontypool can be maximised, providing an integrated approach to the town’s regeneration.
The Pontypool Regeneration Team is responsible for promoting and supporting the viability, vitality and attractiveness of Pontypool Town Centre. It does this through:
- Long-term planning to ensure that the town can meet the changing needs of all its users
- Working with businesses and local communities to address specific issues affecting the town
- Improving the town through a variety of economic, social and environmental projects.
Protecting and investing in Pontypool’s heritage is a priority for both the Council and its partners with the town centre a designated Conservation Area and home to a number of listed buildings.
Transport, Getting to Pontypool
Torfaen is located in South East Wales and is within easy access of the M4 motorway as well as many major roads. Pontypool is in the middle of Torfaen and easily accessible from any direction.
National Express operates nationwide coach services to and from Pontypool. For further information, visit www.nationalexpress.com or call 08705 808080.
Pontypool is served by the Pontypool/New Inn railway stations. For further information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 484950.
Cardiff International and Bristol International Airports both handle flights into the region from the UK, Europe and the USA, and are within a 45 minute driving distance.
For flight information:
Cardiff Airport: Tel: 01446 711111 – www.cwlfly.com
Bristol Airport: Tel:0870 1212 747 – www.bristolairport.co.uk
Getting Around Pontypool
Getting around Torfaen is simple, follow the A4042 from Newport via Cwmbran through to Pontypool. There are FREE car parks situated throughout, Pontypool.
Stagecoach operates the X24 service which connect Pontypool with the neighbouring city of Newport. Detailed times of all local bus services in Torfaen are available from Torfaen Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively call Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit the website www.traveline-cymru.info
For information about taxi companies serving Pontypool Train Station log on to www.traintaxi.co.uk
For more information contact the Tourist Information Centre which is based at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Tel: 01495 742333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org