Tonypandy Town Centre Works Completed Ahead Of Schedule

The Labour-led Council has completed works to deliver major improvements to Tonypandy Town Centre, including the removal of the pedestrian-only section of Dunraven Street to encourage more passing trade for businesses.

The significant works at Dunraven Street have removed the 200 metre pedestrianised zone, in place since the 1990s, by re-establishing vehicular access and parking through the Town Centre. The project has also installed a number of traffic calming features, pedestrian crossing points, improvements to street furniture, footways and a bus stop.

Excellent progress has been made on this scheme, and it has now been delivered ahead of schedule. The works were split into four phases, each focusing on a 50 metre section of Dunraven Street – and this was followed by the final resurfacing across the whole works area. White lines were added to the carriageway recently, along with the installation of the new street furniture.

Traffic is permitted in a northerly direction only, and the short-term parking bays are also available, enabling motorists to more easily access the shops. The Friday market in Tonypandy will return to the Town Centre from November 9th.  Residents, businesses and visitors were able to take advantage of the improved sections of the Town Centre from Friday, November 2nd, as the new road running through the Town Centre opened for the first time.

The Council has announced that additional improvements will also be delivered in Tonypandy, to further complement the wider scheme. This will improve and resurface a significant stretch of the pavements leading into the Town Centre – from the Welcome Inn to Iceland on Dunraven Street.

These additional works will take place during early 2019, and the Council will communicate the relevant arrangements in due course.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I was pleased to visit Tonypandy on Friday to see the Highways improvements which have transformed the Town Centre – and have been completed ahead of schedule. This has been one of the Labour-led Council’s biggest projects throughout 2018/19, and will deliver improved access to local businesses for residents and visitors.

“The Council has also been able to announce a number of additional works alongside the main scheme. These include pavement resurfacing from the Welcome Inn to Iceland, which will be carried out in the New Year.

“Meanwhile, four additional improvement schemes were also delivered alongside the main works – including a traffic lights renewal near Iceland, while resurfacing schemes were carried out at Primrose Terrace, Gelli Road/Dunraven Street and Berw Road.

“The continued investment in our road network remains a core priority area for this Labour administration, and we are continuing to deliver significant improvements through #RCTinvest. More than £20m was invested in Highways and Transportation schemes last year, followed by the £23.6m Capital Programme for 2018/19. The Labour Cabinet also recently approved a £23.5m package for Highways maintenance over three years, to continue our accelerated funding approach.

“The Tonypandy improvements have future-proofed the carriageway through the Town Centre, while delivering an improved layout to help encourage more passing trade for businesses. I’d like to thank residents and local traders for their patience and cooperation throughout the works.”