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Future Proofing Infrastructure of RCT Through Potential Investment of £3.5M

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Cabinet will consider proposals to future proof key infrastructure such as bridges through potential additional investment of £3.5M.

St Albans Bridge, Treherbert and Brook Street Footbridge, Ystrad, will be the key structures to benefit from this investment.

County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council said:

“The Council has invested almost £7M in key structures since 2013 for which the Council has responsibility for. While much of this work is invisible to the public it is vitally important in keeping the County borough moving.

“All structures have a natural life-span and while they receive attention and repair through the course of their use, there reaches a time where all such structures require significant investment to allow them to perform their role into the future.

“Cabinet will next week consider proposals to invest a further £3.5M to future proof two key structures and will also receive detail of how the Council intends to approach investing and maintaining all of the huge number of vital structures across RCT which we have responsibility for.

“Subject to Cabinet approval on the 24th of November and if agreed, subsequent approval by Council on the 30th of November, a further £3.5M is being allocated to support two bridge schemes – those schemes being St Albans Bridge (£2M) and Brook Street Footbridge (£1.5M).

“I am sure the investment in St Albans Bridge will be welcomed by residents of Treherbert who have been in contact with the Council since the summer.”

The Council is responsible for the maintenance of over 1500 structures including, bridges, culverts, retaining walls, reinforced earth embankments and rock anchors.

These structures are often critical to the continued safe operation of the highway network. The Council’s highway structures assets, valued at £405M, are an integral part of the highway network which is the Council’s largest asset valued at over £3.4 billion.

The report sets out plans for an accelerated inspection programme which will potentially identify significant capital maintenance requirement, and further reports will be prepared to advise Cabinet of the findings and future direction on how to prioritise investment in these key structures in future Capital Programmes.