Bridgend, in south Wales, is a large town that's home to around 40,000 people. Located between Cardiff and Swansea, Bridgend is close to the M4 and is a popular place to live. Bridgend benefits from having its own railway station with direct rail services to London and Cardiff.
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Bridgend's history is believed to stretch back to prehistoric times, with evidence existing of prehistoric burial mounds in the area. It certainly has a long history as a major regional town - a settlement and a castle existed at nearby Coity by the 11th century and by the 15th century Bridgend had become home to a bridge across the River Ogmore, allowing people to move freely around the area without the need for a river crossing.
By the 18th century, Bridgend was an important market town in south Wales and was developing into a significant industrial area, too. The Industrial Revolution meant that demand for coal was increasing rapidly and the area around the town did and became home to a number of coal mines and quarries.
Bridgend's industrial growth was helped by its position on the main railway line east to London. Coal could be sent directly to the docks at Barry or elsewhere by train from the town. These same benefits helped attract a number of large factories in the early 20th century and although the coal mines closed down in the late 1980s, resulting in considerable unemployment, the area has retained much of its industrial activity.
Today, Bridgend is home to a more modern selection of service companies and light industry and is also home to around 40,000 people. Its good transport links continue to help keep the town thriving and people in the area also benefit from the proximity of nearby Cardiff International Airport, which offers flights to UK and European destinations.
Given its size, it's no surprise that Bridgend has its own van hire companies. A full range of hire vans are available to rent - here are a few examples: