Beddau Halt Scheme Complete

Work has now been completed on the major improvements to the Llantrisant Road/Gwaunmiskin Road junction in Beddau, known locally as Beddau Halt, following a £680,000 investment which includes £604,000 of Welsh Labour Government funding.  The scheme was also complemented by an additional £180,000 investment by the Labour-led Council to carry out resurfacing works on Gwaunmiskin Road.

Mick Antoniw, Labour AM for Pontypridd, and local Labour Councillors Richard Yeo and Clayton Willis have long campaigned for improvements to be made to the Beddau Halt, and thanks to Labour’s investment, significant road safety improvements – including alterations to the junction alignment, new traffic signals with  pedestrian crossing facilities, carriageway and footway construction, drainage works and new street lighting – have been introduced. The road’s speed limit has also been reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

The Council has received significant investment in order to deliver the Beddau Halt scheme, and the latest grant funding of £394,000 was announced by the Welsh Labour Government in April as part of its Road Safety Grant for 2018/19. In total, the Council received £604,000 funding from the Welsh Government for this project over two years.

The junction improvements were completed following a final surfacing of the area, carried out over two weekends in early July. The traffic signals were commissioned in mid-July, and have been fully-operational since.

In line with the #Ambitious4RCT manifesto commitments, the Labour-led Council then undertook a large resurfacing scheme at Gwaunmiskin Road, thanks to an additional investment through #RCTinvest. This scheme resurfaced almost 700 metres of the road, continuing Labour’s significant effort to future-proof carriageways and footways across the County Borough.

Labour Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I am pleased that the major Beddau Halt junction improvements have now been completed, as well as the additional resurfacing scheme to future-proof a large section of Gwaunmiskin Road. The two projects have seen a total investment of £860,000 in this busy area, which will benefit people who rely upon this road.

“The Beddau Halt scheme has long been an aspiration locally, and the Labour-led Council has delivered these significant road safety improvements thanks to support from the Welsh Labour Government. The Council continues to seek external investment to help deliver local schemes, complementing our own #RCTinvest funding. More than £20m was invested in Highways schemes in 2017/18, which is followed by the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19.

“The Council also took the opportunity to resurface almost 700m of Gwaunmiskin Road on the back of the Beddau Halt scheme. It is the latest major resurfacing scheme to be carried out in 2018/19 – as 22,000 tonnes of Tarmac has been laid over 130,000sq/m since April, including projects at Bwlch Mountain Road, the A4058 at Ystrad, Trehafod Roundabout and Merthyr Road in Llwydcoed.

“I’d like to thank residents for their cooperation during the essential works in Beddau to deliver both schemes – especially during the two weekend closures in early July which were necessary for the final surfacing of the junction, and during the recent resurfacing at Gwaunmiskin Road.

“The two schemes have now been completed, with residents and commuters able to benefit from this significant investment in the local road network.”