Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has secured more than £1.3m in additional funding from the Welsh Government to help fund local Highway schemes.
The significant funding, announced recently, has been allocated through Local Transport Fund (£900,000), Road Safety Grant (£210,000) and Safe Routes in the Communities (£280,000) – with funding totalling £1.39m.
The Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund has allocated £300,000 to the Llantrisant Community Route – a walking and cycling path spanning the Talbot Green and Llantrisant Town electoral wards. It has also allocated £50,000 apiece for strategic studies into two major transportation corridors, the A4119 and A473.
Announced last week, the Local Transport Fund has also provided an additional £500,000 funding to the flagship Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link Scheme, which will improve traffic flow along the A4059 Cynon Valley corridor. Due for completion by 2019/20, the scheme now has £9m funding in total.
The £210,000 Road Safety Grant will be used to contribute towards the funding of a road safety scheme at the B4595 Llantrisant Road and Gwaunmiskin Road Junction – known locally as ‘Beddau Halt’.
Meanwhile, Safe Routes in the Communities funding will further progress schemes in Ystrad (£45,000) and Porth (£235,000) which had already received funding from the Welsh Government in April 2017. These projects will improve road safety and encourage walking and cycling in the local communities.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“Improving the County Borough’s Highways, for the benefit of local residents, is a priority issue for this Council through our wider £200m #RCTinvest scheme.
“However, it is also important that the Council seeks external investment, where possible, to help fund local Highway projects – and I welcome the announcement of this latest support from the Welsh Government. The Council will continue to seek additional external funding for local projects in the future.
“The latest grants secured by the Council will progress proposed Highways safety projects in Ystrad, Porth and Beddau, provide funding for the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link and identify future projects along the A4119 and A473.”