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The Location

Rhydycar West Site & Development Area

The Rhydycar West application site forms part of a wider landholding that spans some c.550 acres (c.223ha) in the heartland of South Wales, nestled in the Valley opposite the town of Merthyr Tydfil. The application site itself occupies a c.75 acre (c.30.4ha) parcel of land and is located in the south-eastern corner of the landholding.

The site is easily accessible and strategically located on the A470, linking Cardiff approximately 40 minutes to the south, and the Brecon Beacons National Park, which attracts in excess of 4 million visitors a year, only a 10 minute drive to the north. The planned A465 dualling project will further improve the overall highways connectivity of the application site. The location benefits from superior access to some of the UK’s main roads which link major cities, airports, and regions.

Rhydycar West’s nearest leisure attraction and neighbour is the hugely successful BikePark Wales, attracting mountain bikers and families of all skill sets from the whole of the UK and beyond. Coupled with Rock UK (12.3 miles away) and the recently opened Zip World at Tower Colliery, just 19 minutes travel and 9.3 miles away from Merthyr Tydfil (which has already become a thriving destination). There is already a number of flourishing leisure businesses which Rhydycar West is well poised to complement while at the same time taking the regional leisure offering to a significant new level which can be game changing for Merthyr, The Valleys region and Wales.

The proposed development will leave around 86% of the land under Marvel’s ownership, approximately 467 acres untouched and accessible. The area of development will be c.75 acres with the remainder retained as countryside. In total the built area of the development will be just under 14% of the land under ownership.

The Rhydycar West development will breathe new life into the existing historical and heritage assets onsite, comprising of nature trails and historic tracks, showcasing Merthyr’s rich history.


Transportation Links

Rhydycar West - exceptionally well connected

Road Access

The Rhydycar West site benefits from excellent road connections and links. There is already direct access to our site from the A470 Rhydycar roundabout via an existing spur which was originally constructed when the A470 was built. The road links can be summarised as follows:

  • A470 (adjacent to the property): the main North-South motorway for South and North Wales.
  • M4 (19 miles from site): the UK’s major route from London to the West of England and South Wales.
  • A40 (via A465 - 3 miles from site): the UK’s major route from London to Oxford to West Wales continuing to the Midlands and then the North.
  • A465 (3miles from site): main route to West Wales. Major improvements under construction and completion due in 2025 is the ‘A465 Heads of the Valleys’ project being a 70mph dual carriageway with 6 junctions.

Rail Access

All three major railways in South Wales run into Cardiff. Trains between London and Cardiff Central run every 30 minutes, with a typical journey time of around 2 hours. Combined with the new South Wales Metro Cardiff Queen Street station to Merthyr Tydfil, the South Wales Metro public transport network will make it easier for people to travel across the Cardiff Capital Region, transforming rail and bus services and saving up to 25 minutes on existing journey times. There are 4 services per hour running from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil, Monday to Saturdays. (Transport for Wales South Wales Metro)


An existing bus stop is located under 1 mile from the site within the grounds of the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Village and provides links to the local bus network.

Air Access

The proximity to a number of airports creates accessibility for visitors from Europe and beyond. Nearby Cardiff Airport services a range of domestic and international locations, London Heathrow is just 2 1/2 hours away.

Shuttle Bus

A shuttle bus service will be provided linking the resort to key destinations in Merthyr Tydfil such as the railway station, the town centre bus station, the town centre, high street and leisure centre.


The Surrounding Area

Rhydycar West is surrounded by some of Wales's most fascinating landscapes and attractions including:

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