22,000 Tonnes of Tarmac Laid in Four Months

The Labour-led RCT Council is continuing to deliver on its commitment to invest in the County Borough’s highways network.  The significant effort to repair and future-proof carriageways and footways across Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2018/19 has seen 22,000 tonnes of Tarmac laid in just four months, covering a distance of 130,000sq/m of road.

The Labour Council’s £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19 continues its programme of significant investment in this area – with 46 surface treatments, 61 traditional surfacing schemes, 17 essential Highway repairs, and 56 footway schemes due to be completed this year. Good progress has been made so far, including more than 50% of the traditional surfacing schemes completed.

This significant investment also includes larger programmed schemes, including the Bwlch Mountain Road resurfacing scheme which began in late March 2018 and was finished in early April 2018.

Since then, the Labour-run Council has also completed significant resurfacing schemes on the A4059/Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate junction as part of the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link Scheme, as well as the Beddau Halt junction including a significant section of Gwaunmiskin Road.

Meanwhile, a 1km section of the A4058 through Ystrad was resurfaced, along with significant patching works on the A4058 between Hopkinstown and Trehafod. Trehafod Roundabout has also been resurfaced, along with a large section of the B4276 Merthyr Road through Llwydcoed.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Future-proofing our Highways network remains a core priority for the RCT Labour-run Council, as one of the Local Authority’s most important and valuable assets.  This year’s allocation builds on the £91.4m that we have already invested in this area since 2011, and our significant programme of investment has continued in 2018/19 through the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme. It is estimated that around 130,000sq/m of road has been resurfaced in four months – the equivalent of 18 international football pitches, or the distance between Pontypridd and Treorchy – using 22,000 tonnes of Tarmac.

“Investment in this area was even more important this year, following the two periods of severe winter weather in December and March. The Council allocated additional funding, beyond its normal investment, in order to fix damage to our roads following the severe winter.

Since April, the Council has made excellent progress on a number of smaller footway and road resurfacing schemes which make a big difference to local communities, as well as the larger programmed schemes on vital routes that thousands of people rely upon each day.

The Council has made the most of the excellent summer weather to date, in order to deliver the Capital Programme, and will look to continue this momentum over the coming weeks and months. The next major scheme will take place in early August, to resurface two sections of the A4059 through the Cynon Valley.”