Roadworks lead to ‘chaos’
PEOPLE living on a street are angry at how works to build a huge bridge across the valley are causing traffic “chaos” in the area.
PEOPLE living on this street are angry at how works to build a huge bridge across a South Wales valley are causing traffic “chaos” in the area.
Residents in Mountain Ash say they are frustrated at the closure of the oneway section of Miskin Road, meaning a buildup of traffic at the parallel Glyngwyn Street as works to build the Mountain Ash cross valley link are car- ried out.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council says it has written to residents on the Cynon Valley street asking them to find alternative parking spaces to help ease the flow of traffic.
It’s as part of the local authority’s works to build the cross valley link road, which will see a 60m bridge built over the Aberdare to Cardiff railway line and the River Cynon, from the Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate to Miskin Road.
But Brynley Letherby, a resident of Glyngwyn Street, said traffic on the street is “chaos”.
He added: “It really is grim up here at the moment during rush hour. I feel sorry for the motorists because it’s causing them a lot of inconvenience.
“It’s felt by the bus drivers as well as it has been blocking their routes too.
“I have tried to contact the council but I have heard nothing. It’s been a week now and nothing has been done. I’m just concerned about other people, that’s all.”
The council announced earlier this month that Miskin Road would close between October 16 and November 22 as part of works to demolish numbers one and two Miskin Cottages.
They advised motorists a diversion would take them via Bailey Street and Glyngwyn Street.
But people have taken to social media to complain about the problem. Last week, Dale Roberts wrote: “Please please please can you put some traffic lights at Glyngwyn St Mountain Ash absolute joke trying to get home from work.”
Another motorist, David Lewis, requested the council look at congestion in the area.
On October 17, he wrote on Twitter: “Chaos this morning my grandson’s bus was 50 min late taking him to college this am.”
A spokesman for Rhondda Cynon Taf council said the local authority’s flagship scheme, due for completion by 2019/20, will “greatly improve traffic flow in and around Mountain Ash and the busy A4059 Cynon Valley corridor”.
He added: “It is delivering multi-million pound improvements to the highways network on both sides of the river, for the benefit of thousands of commuters for generations to come.
“Currently, work is ongoing for the necessary demolition of two cottages on Miskin Road, and to ensure residents’ safety the one-way section of Miskin Road is temporarily closed.
“The council has written to residents of Glyngwyn Street asking them, if possible, to find alternative places to park – to create passing points and improve traffic flow on the diversion route.
“There is an off-road parking facility on Glyngwyn Street, while nearby side streets are also alternative options.
“The council would like to thank residents for their co-operation during the works.”
The one-way section of Miskin Road, which is closed while work on building a bridge is carried out
Traffic flow is building up on Glyngwyn Street, leading to ‘chaos’, say residents