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£420,000 Vital Pedestrian Link at Newbridge Road, Llantrisant set to Begin

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Works to create a vital pedestrian link is set to begin in Llantrisant thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s multi-million-pound (£23m) Highways, Transportation, Infrastructures and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme and Welsh Government Grant.

The vital works will see a footway installed along a section of Newbridge Road between Dan Caerlan and Brynteg Lane, Llantrisant, which will form a vital pedestrian link between the communities of Llantrisant and Beddau.

The £420,000 project will also include the construction of a retaining wall, drainage works, street lighting and speed reduction measures.

In order to carry out these works safely, given the engineering works required and the constrained nature of the highway, it will be necessary to close Newbridge Road (between Dan Caerlan and Brynteg Lane) for an estimated 6 weeks. The preparatory works are set to begin w/c 11th July, with the full road closure starting on Thursday  25th July. In order to minimise disruption as much as possible the works are being carried out during the school summer holidays to ensure school transport is not affected and when traffic flows in the area are reduced.

In order to maintain the public transport bus services, Edwards Coaches have been appointed to provide a half hourly shuttle bus between Llantrisant town (near Dan Caerlan) and Talbot Green bus station for the duration of the road closure. Timetables will be displayed at the bus stops. The service from Beddau direction will be maintained via Heol Seward and Gwaunmiskin Road to the Church Village by-pass then through Cross Inn to Talbot Green bus station.

The funding for this scheme has been allocated from the £23m investment scheme which is set to continue over the next three years and is part of the wider £200m RCTinvest programme. This multi-million-pound project will see the Council invest significantly in key priority areas, including; Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres.

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

The HTISP Investment scheme will see a number of streets, roads, towns and villages right across the County Borough benefit as work is now ploughing ahead to tackle key areas.

This work demonstrates Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s commitment to maintain and improve the road infrastructure 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 Council and its Cabinet has recognised the concerns expressed by the public and 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.

“Myself and my Cabinet wholeheartedly agree that improvements to our highways and structures continue to be a key priority when it comes to allocating our financial resources.

“We will be investing over £23m in Highways Improvements, Infrastructure, and Strategic Projects over the next three years – this is on top of the £53m we have already invested since 2011 meaning that by 2018/19 we will have invested over £76m in these key areas in less than a decade.

“The Newbridge Road works will not only form a vital link between the communities of Llantrisant and Beddau, but it will also provide a much needed safe route for local children to walk to school via the improved facilities and route for pedestrians.

“The works are in addition to the recently installed signal controlled pedestrian crossing along Talbot Road, Llantrisant which forms part of this wider Safer Route in the Community project.

“Whilst this work demonstrates the Council’s commitment to maintain and improve the road infrastructure for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike, the targeted works at Newbridge Road are likely to cause disruptions to motorist and I would reassure our residents that every measure has been taken to minimise this where possible. I would like to urge residents to continue to support us whilst these essential works are carried out as it is for their longer term benefit.”

Details of likely disruptions and updates will be posted on the Council’s social media sites where possible and residents are urged to follow/like the Council’s pages for up to date information.