Road­works lead to ‘chaos’

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

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

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