‘Ma­jor land­mark’ reached in cross val­ley link scheme

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

THE Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley Link scheme has taken an­other step to­wards be­com­ing re­al­ity af­ter the coun­cil was given per­mis­sion to take over a plot of land with un­known own­er­ship – a process that be­gan three years ago.

The move has been called a “ma­jor land­mark” by Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil and means the project is still due for com­ple­tion by 2019-20.

The over­all scheme will see a 60m bridge built from Cwm Cynon In­dus­trial Es­tate to Miskin Road, pro­vid­ing a link for traf­fic be­tween the A4059 and B4275.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the lo­cal author­ity was told by the Welsh Govern­ment last week that it can now be­gin the process of con­firm­ing what is known as a Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­der – a “long-stand­ing” am­bi­tion re­quired to move the scheme on.

The plots of land were to the west of the de­vel­op­ment site, and the coun­cil said it be­gan this process three years ago.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Mor­gan, leader of the lo­cal author­ity and cab­i­net mem­ber with re­spon­si­bil­ity for high­ways, said: “The Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley Link Scheme con­tin­ues to progress well in all as­pects, and this lat­est mile­stone fol­lows on quickly from the pos­i­tive news in Jan­uary that the coun­cil has se­cured an ad­di­tional £500,000 Welsh Govern­ment fund­ing, bring­ing the to­tal cur­rent al­lo­ca­tion to more than £9m.

“The coun­cil has been suc­cess­ful in pur­chas­ing land through­out the scheme but, for the re­main­ing plots where own­er­ship is un­known, the process was more dif­fi­cult.

“Af­ter it was found that no his­tor­i­cal records listed any de­tail of land own­er­ship, the coun­cil be­gan the CPO process.”

He con­tin­ued: “This rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the scheme.

“Once con­firmed, the coun­cil’s con­trac­tors will be able to ac­cess the ar­eas of land in ques­tion.

“On site, the scheme con­tin­ues to progress very well, with the ma­jor works to widen the A4059/Cwm Cynon junc­tion vis­i­bly tak­ing shape.

“They will be fol­lowed by con­struc­tion works to the new bridge over the river and rail­way line this sum­mer, as the main con­struc­tion phase gets un­der­way.”

RCT Coun­cil leader An­drew Mor­gan on a visit to the cross val­ley link scheme last sum­mer

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