Roads set for im­prove­ments worth £11.77m

Cynon Valley - - ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

THE roads in Rhondda Cynon Taff that will ben­e­fit from high­ways im­prove­ment works over the next year have been re­vealed.

RCT Coun­cil cabi­net passed its 2018-19 high­ways cap­i­tal pro­gramme on Thurs­day, March 22, which in­cludes road resur­fac­ing, strength­en­ing and sur­face trea­ment works.

The plan in­cludes £3.15m worth of up­grades to ex­isit­ing roads as well as £700,000 for foot­way re­pairs, £250,000 for light­ing re­pairs and £100,000 for car park up­grades.

A to­tal of £11.77m is to be spent on high­ways tech­ni­cal ser­vices, with £11.89m to be in­vested in longer-term strate­gic pro­jects which in­cludes £5.05m on the pre­vi­ously agreed Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­leys Link, £1m on the Llan­haran By­pass and £1.5m on Tony­pandy town cen­tre im­prove­ments.

The largest car­riage­way im­prove­ment in­vest­ment in­cludes £250,000 to strengthen the road on Wil­liam Street and Gel­li­galed Road in Ystrad and £150,000 on treat­ing the sur­face on Bryn­fyn­non in Ynysybwl.

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Morgan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil and cabi­net mem­ber with re­spon­si­bil­ity for high­ways, said the ap­proval en­sures “con­tin­ued sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment” into the high­ways net­work.

He said: “In 2017-18, al­most £20m was in­vested in high­ways and trans­porta­tion by the coun­cil, and the now-agreed 2018-19 pro­gramme will en­sure we have an­other busy year ahead in or­der to fur­ther im­prove and fu­ture-proof our high­ways net­work.

“The £11.89m al­lo­cated for strate­gic pro­jects will see fur­ther progress in de­liv­er­ing a range of larger schemes to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity and eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity – in­clud­ing the Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley Link, Llan­haran By­pass and A4119 du­alling schemes.

“The 2018-19 pro­gramme al­lows us to con­tinue to be proac­tive in pur­su­ing ex­ter­nal in­vest­ment to help de­liver lo­cal schemes – at which we were very suc­cess­ful dur­ing 2017-18.

“Look­ing for­ward, the coun­cil has been in­vited to sub­mit fur­ther bids for Welsh Gov­ern­ment grants re­lated to road safety, safe routes, lo­cal trans­port net­work fund and lo­cal trans­port fund, which will com­ple­ment to the nowa­greed 2018-19 cap­i­tal pro­gramme.”

The spend­ing plans were passed unan­i­mously by mem­bers.

Work in progress on the Cross Val­ley Link road scheme

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