AM Opens ‘Glow in the Dark Safe Route to School’

A £1.5m active travel network that connects homes, schools and business in Pencoed includes a new ‘glow in the dark’ path that will guide walkers and cyclists during the winter months.

Officially opened by Ogmore AM and Welsh Government Minister Huw Irranca-Davies, the path has a luminescent surface which provides its own night light. The photo-luminescent resin surface harnesses UV light during the day so that it can emit a gentle light, helping make the route visible in the dark.

The 300 metre path runs through the Woodlands playing fields to link up Brook Vale with Llwyn Gwern. It then continues through to Pencoed Comprehensive School and Croesty Primary School, forming part of a wider scheme to improve active travel access in Pencoed which has been funded from the Welsh Government’s Safe Routes in Communities programme.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM praised the innovative project saying: “I’m delighted to officially open the new community route which will provide a more active and healthier alternative to car travel. Well done to all involved. The success of this project is a direct result of joint working from Bridgend County Borough Council in partnership with the schools, local community access group, Sustrans and with support from Redrow and Halo Leisure along with investment from our Welsh Government. A great idea for the school community and others to enjoy and to encourage active travel.

Bridgend County Borough Council Leader, Councillor Huw David said: “The last few years have seen a significant change in how local authorities approach the planning of walking and cycling schemes as a result of the Active Travel (Wales) Act introduced by Welsh Government. Schemes such as this make it possible for people to leave their cars at home and choose a healthier, greener form of travel for shorter everyday journeys as part of their daily routine, and set a trend that can be continued by future generations.

“The recent announcement of an additional £60m funding for Active Travel in Wales over the next three years from Welsh Government will hopefully mean that we will be able to deliver many more such schemes in Bridgend County Borough in the coming years.”

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