Link road mak­ing ‘good progress’

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

THE first ma­jor de­vel­op­ment works of the Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley link have be­gun.

Ac­cord­ing to Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil, “good progress” is be­ing made on the scheme, start­ing with 10 weeks of work to resur­face the Cardiff Road junc­tion, which will in­tro­duce a new road lay­out and street light­ing.

It fol­lows Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil’s prepa­ra­tion works at the Cwm Cynon In­dus­trial Es­tate, and the £270,000 im­prove­ments to the busy junc­tion be­gan on July 17.

The work is some of the first steps of the wider Cross Val­ley Link scheme, which is set to be com­pleted by 2020.

The over­all project will even­tu­ally see a 60m bridge built from Cwm Cynon In­dus­trial Es­tate to Miskin Road, over the Aber­dare-Cardiff rail­way line and the River Cynon.

It will pro­vide a link for traf­fic trav­el­ling on the A4059 and B4275, re­liev­ing con­ges­tion at Moun­tain Ash and the wider A4059/B4275 cor­ri­dor.

On Tues­day, coun­cil leader and Moun­tain Ash West coun­cil­lor, An­drew Mor­gan, vis­ited the site.

He said: “The Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley Link scheme has long been an as­pi­ra­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents and this coun­cil, and with ma­jor work as­so­ci­ated with the scheme now un­der­way at Cardiff Road it shows that real progress is be­ing made to make this project a re­al­ity.

“I vis­ited the site on Tues­day morn­ing to see how progress is be­ing made with the Cardiff Road junc­tion works.

“It rep­re­sents the first of many projects within the wider Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley Link scheme, and will it­self be­come a key junc­tion when the new link road is in op­er­a­tion by 2020.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more progress with other as­pects of the project – in­clud­ing the A4059 junc­tion im­prove­ments – in the near fu­ture, as the coun­cil is de­liv­er­ing upon this long-term goal for the Cynon Val­ley.”

A tem­po­rary road clo­sure from Cardiff Road’s junc­tion with the in­dus­trial es­tate, to just south of Usk Vil­las, is now in place as part of the works.

The wider Cross Val­ley Link scheme will also in­clude im­prove­ments to the A4059 junc­tion with the in­dus­trial es­tate, and the coun­cil is in the process of fin­ish­ing the ten­der process for that part of the scheme.

To date, £7.551m has been al­lo­cated to the project from coun­cil and Welsh Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment.

Its lat­est fund­ing of £1.5m was an­nounced in March 2017 as part of its Lo­cal Trans­port Fund grant scheme.

RCT coun­cil leader An­drew Mor­gan vis­ited the site of the Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley link road this week

The first ma­jor de­vel­op­ment works of the Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley link have be­gun

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