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Six RCT Town Centres Benefit from £300,000 Worth of Investment

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Town centres and Villages across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been benefiting from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s multi-million-pound (£23m) Highways, Transportation, Infrastructures and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme as part of RCTinvest.

Six town centres have benefited from £300,000 worth of investment, which includes a much improved streetscape for the areas.

Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Aberdare, Porth, Tonypandy and Abercynon have all seen investment under the programme.

Aberdare

  • Replaced cobble stones in Market Street seating areas with paving.
  • Renewed the lights to the archways in Canon Street and Commercial Street.
  • Major programme of painting street furniture throughout town centre – bus station, railings, litter bins, bollards.
  • Numerous repairs to paving.
  • Signage replaced.
  • Line markings refreshed in some areas.
  • New community notice boards.
  • Removal of overgrowth from fence lines to bus station.

Mountain Ash

  • Carriageway surfacing works and renewal of road markings on some approaches.
  • Masonry wall repairs in Old Cardiff Road and wall opposite Town Hall.
  • Painting street furniture – railings.
  • Replacement and increase of litter bin provision throughout town centre.
  • New bench at the bottom of Oxford Street.
  • New community notice board.

Porth

  • Carriageway surfacing works and renewal of road markings on Pontypridd Road.
  • New litter bins.
  • Minor footway repairs.
  • Damaged signs replaced.

Abercynon

  • Carriageway surfacing works and renewal of road markings in Ynysmeurig Road.
  • New litter bins.
  • Minor footway repairs.
  • Damaged signs replaced.

Tonypandy

  • Replacement of roof panels to covered walkway between Dunraven Street and the lower car park.
  • New signs on approaches to town centre
  • Upgrading of bus shelters in bus station

Pontypridd

  • West Street car park – improvements and surfacing works underway

Over £53m has already been invested in improving and repairing the County Borough’s Highways and Transportation Infrastructures and on Strategic Projects since 2011.

This work demonstrates Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s commitment to maintain and improve the road infrastructure in and around our town centres and villages for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, who is also Cabinet Member for Highways, said:

“The Cabinet recognises the importance of investing in our key priorities that is why we have allocated £200m over the next three years to improve areas such as Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres.

“Town centres are vitally important to our County Borough, which is why they are a key investment priority for this Council. In recent years Pontypridd, Aberdare, Maerdy, Treorchy and Tonypandy have greatly benefitted from external funding, equating to tens of millions of pounds – it is imperative that we maintain the value this has brought to our towns and villages by ensuring we sustain the quality of the streetscape.

To build on this investment we are also looking to secure agreement to reduce parking charges in our County Borough, so that shoppers and visitors can spend even longer enjoying what we have on offer, encouraging more visitors to park and shop, eat and drink in our diverse range of town centres.”

Consultation is also underway to improve the highways infrastructure around Stag Square, Treochy which will look to improve the traffic flow and reduce congestion at peak times around this busy town centre junction.

The planned proposals look to relocate the bus stops and introduce loading restrictions which, coupled with traffic light improvements and the closure of the Chapel Street Junction and introduction of a footway across the junction to allow unrestricted and protected pedestrian movement along the east side of Stag Square will improve the efficiency of the junction, all of these changes combined will have a positive impact and will reduce congestion during peak times. More info – www.rctcbc.gov.uk/traffic

In addition to the town centre investment works, the Council’s dedicated Streetcare, cleansing team have been undertaking a programme of town centre cleaning blitzes in Talbot Green, Llanharry, Abercynon, Aberdare, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Porth, Taffs Well, Tonypandy and Treorchy to further enhance the street environment of some of the towns – jet washing, overgrowth clearance, sweeping /litter and upgrading bins.

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