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Coordinates: 51°32′14″N 3°23′05″W / 51.5372°N 3.3847°W / 51.5372; -3.3847

Talbot Green
Welsh: Tonysguboriau
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Talbot Green is located in Wales2
Talbot Green

 Talbot Green shown within Wales
Population 2,457 [1]
OS grid reference ST040829
Principal area Rhondda Cynon Taf
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PONTYCLUN
Postcode district CF72
Dialling code 01443
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
List of places: UK • Wales • Rhondda Cynon Taf

Talbot Green (Tonysguboriau or Tanysguboriau in Welsh) is a small village just north of the M4 motorway, in the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales in the United Kingdom. The village is part of Llantrisant Community Council.

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Geography

Talbot Green is located at the mouth of the short and mountainous Ely Valley, between Mynydd Garthmaelwg (Llantrisant forest) and Y Graig (Llantrisant). The River Ely runs through along the village boundary before continuing to Pontyclun, running along side the Warehouses of Capper and Co ltd, who run a portion of the SPAR UK retail chain. The Village is bordered by the hill town of Llantrisant to the east, the Village of Pontyclun to the South and Llanharan a few miles to the West.

Transport

The area has good links to the rest of Wales with the A4119 linking it in the south to the M4 Motorway, and to the north to the South Wales Valleys. The Talbot Green by-pass opened in 1991 to relieve traffic in the village through disabling access to or from Pontyclun via Cowbridge Road, and provided a shorter route for the A473 Bridgend to Pontypridd Road.

Good Transport Links

A single track railway runs north from Pontyclun railway station (which is the villages nearest railway station), turning west at Talbot Green to run roughly parallel to the Afon Clun, alongside the north of the A473, and originally ran to the Cwm Coking Works at Tynant, Beddau. All the original railway infrastructure remains intact between Talbot Green and Pontyclun, including the track, signals and bridges. The track is still embedded in the road where it crosses the A473, the warning lights remain at the roadside and the roadsigns warn drivers to stop if they see warning lights flash at the level crossing. A recent consultative study (Sewta Rail Strategy Study—January 2006) has considered the possibility of reopening the Pontyclun to Beddau branch line, as a passenger line rather than just for freight. This would require new stations at Talbot Green, Llantrisant, Gwaun Meisgyn and Beddau (Tynant).[2]

Retail parks

Talbot Green Shopping Park

Talbot Green has two large retail parks—Glamorgan Vale retail park and Talbot Green shopping park.

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Glamorgan Vale retail park

Glamorgan Vale retail park was opened circa 1996 and an extra unit was built in 2004. It is located on the A473 Talbot Green bypass. It has the total of 12 shopping units.

Talbot Green shopping park

Talbot Green shopping park was opened circa 1996 initially with 3 units but expanded to 15 units in 2004/2005. Some units are located alongside the A4119 Talbot Green to Ynysmaerdy Dual Carriageway and the other units are located on the former Tesco site after it relocated in 2003 to the former site of the Homeworld Department store, which closed in 1999 and was demolished in 2000.

There is also a Tesco Extra store, that was once the largest in Wales, after the store was expanded in 2005, but overtaken by the store in Culverhouse Cross, and later Fforestfach.

Talbot Green's retail area as viewed from the Hill Town of Llantrisant.
Talbot Green shopping park - right, Tesco Extra - left, Glamorgan Vale Retail Park - Behind Tesco

Facilities

The village also has a golf club, and an industrial estates at Coedcae Lane.

The village also has a development of Offices, Hotel, Pub and a private Health facility which is located in Magden Park on the Ely Meadows alongside the A4119 Talbot Green to Ynysmeardy dual carriageway near the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. It also has the Avionics department of British Airways and is also the headquarters of the Welsh Blood Service.

Talbot Green's most significant building is Lanelay Hall, until recently the headquarters of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who moved just over two miles away, to the former Buy as You View head office at Forest View Business Park, Ynysmaerdy, Llantrisant, in February 2009.[3]

Future Developments

Improvements to the road network, in particular the A4119 linking the Rhondda Valleys to the M4, through Tonyrefail and Talbot Green, brought development pressure to the area around Llantrisant. Extensive housing development has taken place recently in the villages along the A473, the main Pontypridd to Bridgend road—linking Llantwit Fardre to Llantrisant, Talbot Green, Llanharan and Pencoed—the road that runs parallel to the Afon Clun from Rhiwsaeson to Pontyclun. This development brought further pressure on the road system, which led to the revival of the 1989 plans for the Church Village bypass.[4] Preparatory work on the bypass began in February 2008, and the bypass is now under construction.[5] It will be built as a single carriageway, with crawler and overtaking lanes around roundabouts, and is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2010.[6]

External links

References

  1. ^ National Office for Statistics (2001)
  2. ^ "Sewta Rail Strategy Study Executive_Summary" (PDF). Jacobs Consultancy, Sewta Rail Strategy Study, Executive Summary. South East Wales Transport Alliance. 2006. http://www.sewta.gov.uk/PDF/Executive_Summary.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-08.  
  3. ^ "South Wales Fire and Rescue Service". http://www.southwales-fire.gov.uk/English/contactus/Pages/default.aspx. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. 2009-02-10. http://www.southwales-fire.gov.uk/English/contactus/Pages/default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-04-15.  
  4. ^ "Work begins on Church Village bypass - Rhondda Cynon Taf". Rhondda Cynon Taf website. Rhondda Cynon Taf Library Service. 2008-02-22. http://www.rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk/stellent/groups/public/documents/hcst/content.hcst?lang=en&textonly=on&dDocName=018499. Retrieved 2008-10-06.  
  5. ^ "'Church Village Bypass - Web Online'". Church Village Bypass website. Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, Costain and the Welsh Assembly Government. 2009. http://www.churchvillagebypass.com/. Retrieved 2009-04-175.  
  6. ^ "WalesOnline - News - South Wales Valleys - Pontypridd & Llantrisant - Safety worries discounted as bypass work begins". Wayne Nowaczyk, Pontypridd Observer. Media Wales Ltd.. 2008-12-11. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/pontypridd-llantrisant/2008/12/11/safety-worries-discounted-as-bypass-work-begins-91466-22442125/. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  

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