24 November 2008>
The opening of the main section of the new Angel Way road scheme has brought festive cheer to Bargoed town centre.
The majority of the route is now open to traffic and all the partners behind the scheme are hoping that the new road will help bring more shoppers to Bargoed town centre in the run up to Christmas and beyond.
A group of Santas turned out to celebrate the recent opening and joined community leaders to promote Bargoed as a key shopping centre this Christmas.
The £25 million Angel Way scheme will greatly improve the transport network in the area and will help relieve traffic congestion in the town centre. The works have been carried out by contractors Hochtief Griffiths Joint Venture.
The cross-valley link between Aberbargoed and Bargoed opened earlier this year allowing traffic to cross the impressive Bargoed Newydd Viaduct. This latest section of road to open allows vehicles to travel from the new junction (near the entrance to Lewis School in Pengam) across the new arched river bridge and up the valley towards the new Station Road roundabout near Bargoed Railway Station.
It is anticipated that the next section of road, a short link at the northern end of the town centre (in the vicinity of the old railway bridge) will open in the New Year. The southern spur to Aberbargoed, the retail plateau access road and 'promenade' and the new bus station, will follow later in 2009.
Cllr Rob Gough, CCBC cabinet member for transportation, said, "Angel Way will help breathe new life into Bargoed and provide direct highway access into the town centre. We would encourage everyone to support the town and pay a visit to pick up a Christmas bargain over the next few weeks and give the local economy a boost."
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