Almost £24m for Roads and Highways in 2018/19

Over 160 roads, footways and highway structures across Rhondda Cynon Taf are set for significant improvements this year after Labour announced that £23.6m will be spent in delivering better quality transport links in 2018/19.

The huge funding package comes as a part of the previous announcement that over £180m will be invested in our communities over the course of the next three years, building on the foundations laid by the £200m #RCTInvest programme.

Since 2011, over £91.4m has already been spent by RCT Council in improving the extensive highway network that runs throughout the County Borough, halving the total number of roads requiring attention (7.2% as of 2016/17), as Labour Members continue to deliver on the public commitments made to residents last year.  This means that by April 2019, Labour will have delivered £115m worth of improvements to roads, structures, footways and other schemes in under a decade.

The £23.6m investment package for this year has made provision for a vast number of schemes, including:

  • 107 individual carriageway schemes
  • 39 footway schemes
  • Major work on structures across the County Borough, including the replacement of Brook Street Bridge (£1.027m), St. Albans Bridge (£1.76m) and Pontrhondda Bridge (£1.5m)
  • £1.4m to progress Phase 2 schemes at Abercynon, Porth and Pontyclun Park and Rides
  • £5.050m to continue the progress of the Cross Valley Link scheme
  • Respective £1m allocations for both the Llanharan Bypass and the Dualling of the A4119 from Coedely to Ynysmaerdy.
  • £1.5m to progress the pedestrianisation of Tonypandy Town Centre

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Labour-run Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Labour Cabinet Members have agreed the Council’s Supplementary Capital Programme for 2018/19, ensuring continued significant investment in our Highways network – building upon the momentum already created in recent years through the £200m #RCTinvest programme.

“In 2017/18, we invested almost £20m in Highways and Transportation Schemes, and the now-agreed 2018/19 programme will ensure that we have another busy year ahead in order to further improve and future-proof our vast Highways Network, which is one of the Council’s most significant assets.

“The programme includes £11.77m funding to directly benefit our Highways – to continue to improve and protect the fabric of our network and deal with the impact of winter weather. The £11.89m allocated for Strategic Projects will see further progress in delivering a range of larger schemes to improve connectivity and economic activity – including our flagship public commitments – the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link, Llanharan Bypass and A4119 dualling schemes.

“The 2018/19 Programme allows us to continue to be proactive in pursuing external investment to help deliver local schemes – at which we were very successful during 2017/18. Looking forward, the Council has been invited to submit further bids for Welsh Government grants related to Road Safety, Safe Routes in the Community, Local Transport Network Fund and Local Transport Fund, which will complement to the now-agreed 2018/19 Capital Programme.”