Valley link mak­ing ‘good progress’ with ex­tra fund­ing

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THE Moun­tain Ash Cross Valley Link is “mak­ing rapid progress”, Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil has said, fol­low­ing news of a fur­ther £1m in­vest­ment in the project.

The huge de­vel­op­ment will see a bridge built over the Aber­dare to Cardiff rail­way line and the River Cynon, from the Cwm Cynon In­dus­trial Es­tate to Miskin Road.

Af­ter be­ing given the goa­head ear­lier this year, the scheme will pro­vide a new link for traffic trav­el­ling on the A4059 and B4275, eas­ing con­ges­tion in and around Moun­tain Ash, as well as on the A4059 – the Cynon Valley’s ma­jor artery road.

The pro­posed £1m has been an­nounced for the project as part of a £3m in­veste­ment in high­ways across the area agreed by coun­cil cab­i­net on Oc­to­ber 26.

Sub­ject to the ap­proval of full coun­cil in Novem­ber, the lat­est in­vest­ment will fol­low £7.5m al­lo­cated to the project to date from the lo­cal author­ity and Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

If ap­proved, the fund­ing will join £2m given to de­velop the Llan­haran By­pass and the con­struc­tion of a dual car­riage­way on the A4119 at Tonyre­fail.

Speak­ing af­ter the cab­i­net meet­ing, Coun­cil­lor Andrew Mor­gan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil, said the Moun­tain Ash Cross Valley Link was mak­ing “rapid on-site progress”.

Ini­tial pro­pos­als for the project have re­vealed a 60m bridge planned to link the roads which cur­rently run on ei­ther side of the river.

The longer span over the rail­way and river will be 37m long, with ad­di­tional improvements to around 385m of Miskin Road.

The bridge is also de­signed with Net­work Rail’s planned elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the Val­leys rail­way lines in mind to make sure there is enough clear­ance for fu­ture works.

Coun Mor­gan said: “At the meet­ing on Thurs­day, cab­i­net agreed with rec­om­men­da­tions to pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant £7m in­vest­ment into a num­ber of pri­or­ity ar­eas for the coun­cil, to sup­port the de­liv­ery of a num­ber of pub­lic com­mit­ments.

“Our £200m #RCTin­vest pro­gramme con­tin­ues to de­liver our am­bi­tions right across the county bor­ough, in key in­vest­ment ar­eas such as leisure, schools, play ar­eas, high­ways, hous­ing, and town and vil­lage cen­tres.

“Three ma­jor high­ways schemes will also re­ceive £1m to help them progress and de­velop. The Moun­tain Ash Cross Valley Link is mak­ing rapid on-site progress, while de­vel­op­ment works are on­go­ing for the new Llan­haran by­pass and A4119 du­alling at Tonyre­fail.”

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