‘Major landmark’ reached in cross valley link scheme
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