Bridgend Bridge

About Bridgend

The River Ogmore flows through Bridgend, with the town centre on its north bank and immediate population of 15,000 residing within two miles in each direction. Bridgend is the largest town in the County Borough; it is the administrative seat of Bridgend County Borough Council, which has its offices on the south bank in Angel Street. The town is also the commercial hub of the area. 

To the north of the town are the hills and valleys of the former mining areas of Llynfi (Maesteg), Garw and Ogmore, which converge on the town. To the south east lie the largely rural areas of the Vale of Glamorgan and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, with the seaside resort of Porthcawl to the south west. 

Bridgend is conveniently situated midway between two cities, Swansea and Cardiff (the capital of Wales) and about  20 miles from each city, with the A48 to the south and the M4 corridor to the north, it is at the heart of the South Wales industrial and coastal belt.

Motorway Link

The M4 Motorway has three Junctions providing excellent road access to Bridgend;

Junction 35: For direct access to Pencoed, Coychurch, Brackla and the major Industrial Estates.

Junction 36: For direct access to the town centre, Sarn Motorway Services and the McArthur Glen Outlet Complex.

Junction 37: For direct access to the southwest of the town, skirting the village of Pyle and the seaside resort of Porthcawl rising up to Stormy Down which played a part in World War II as an airfield.

Rail Link

Bridgend has a mainline station on the Inter City rail service from London (Paddington) to Swansea (with connections to West Wales). Also directly to many other major destinations. Hourly service from Maesteg to Cardiff includes Bridgend and Pencoed in its timetable.

A recent direct link to Llantwit Major, Rhoose (Cardiff Airport) and Barry operating hourly is also available.

Bus Station

The Bridgend Town Centre’s modern bus station provides comprehensive local, short and medium distance bus services, including direct services to Cardiff and Swansea.


Cardiff International Airport is located within a 20 minute journey of the town centre and allows access to both National and International destinations for passengers and freight.


The four major deep water docks (Swansea, Port Talbot, Barry and Newport) are all within 30 minutes of the Town providing freight access worldwide.


Porthcawl Marina has undergone major works through the regeneration efforts of Bridgend County Council supported by the local community to enhance facilities and opportunity for the local community, seafarers and tourists alike. The surrounding area is currently undergoing major works to complement the Marina re-development.