£3m roads investment plan revealed
Plans to invest £3m in roads in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been revealed.
Rhondy Cynon Taf County Borough Council was been granted £3m funding from Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund for 2019/20 and will fund highways improvements on top of the council’s own £25.9m capital programme for the year.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “I welcome this announcement from Welsh Government which has allocated £3.093m funding from the Local Transport Fund for local Highways schemes, to complement our own significant #RCTinvest funding in this priority area.
“The LTF funding includes Safe Routes schemes in Llwynypia and Pontyclun – and follows the delivery of several safer routes schemes last summer, to improve pedestrian facilities. Schemes in Porth, Tonypandy, Tonyrefail and Cwmaman were completed to complement our significant 21st Century schools improvements in each community, delivered for September 2018.
“Welsh Government’s funding also includes £1.6m for Active Travel – which the council is committed to supporting. Recently, the active travel offer has been improved through projects such as the Llantrisant community route, and our highways schemes are designed with active travel opportunities in mind – for example, additional cycle provision in the Beddau Halt junction scheme. The council has submitted an integrated network map to Welsh Government, outlining the schemes to be delivered over the next 15 years.
“The council has received £600,000 funding for the A4119 corridor, which has been identified as a strategic opportunity area by cabinet, for its potential for economic growth.
“A number of improvements have been made to the A4119 in recent years, including the multi-million pound Talbot Green Roundabout scheme in 2017 – while the future dualling plans from Coedely to Ynysmaerdy recently received positive feedback in a public consultation exercise.
“The council will continue to pursue external investment from sources such as the local transport fund, enabling us to deliver more improvements to our road network – which is the council’s single biggest asset.”