Contract Awarded for £1.78m St. Albans Bridge Scheme

Work will shortly be commencing on the St. Albans Road Bridge after the Labour-led Council announced that the design and build contract for the scheme had been awarded to Alun Griffiths Ltd.

Last year, Labour community activists secured a commitment from Council Leader Andrew Morgan that action would be taken to replace the key structure in Blaenrhondda, after growing tired of Plaid Cymru’s lack of urgency in raising the issue.  The overall project is set to cost around £1.78m, and was funded by the Council’s 2017/18 Capital Programme.

Now, following Labour’s campaigning, work is expected to commence on the design phase in early March, with a detailed topographical survey being undertaken alongside ground and structural investigations.  It is anticipated that no disruption will be caused to members of the public during this initial phase; whilst the overall scheme is expected to be completed by late 2018.

Labour activists have continued to work hard for the Treherbert ward, and have swiftly dealt with any issues that have been raised by residents.

Commenting on the development, Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Cabinet have previously agreed a substantial allocation of funding to this scheme, to replace St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda which is in a poor structural condition.

“Plans to replace this key structure have been championed by members of the local Labour Party, who have been in contact with the Council over the scheme. The appointment of a design contractor will, I’m sure, be welcomed locally, and shows the Council’s continued commitment to deliver this major project and invest in key schemes in the Rhondda.

“The Council previously allocated £1.78m in its 2017/18 Capital Programme for this scheme. Through #RCTinvest, significant funding continues to be provided for Highways as a key priority area of investment, with almost £20m invested in Highways and Transportation schemes in 2017/18 alone.

“The design phase for St Albans Bridge will commence shortly by the newly-appointed contractor, with investigation and survey work during March.”

The announcement follows on from the public commitment of the Labour administration to progress plans for the Treorchy/Gelli by-pass, which would go some way in addressing the current congestion experienced by residents and commuters at the top end of the Rhondda Fawr.  The proposal falls under Labour’s hugely ambitious plans that will see £300m invested in Rhondda Cynon Taf over the next five years, in addition to the Council’s normal Capital Programme.

Treherbert Branch Secretary, Scott Emanuel, added: “I’m delighted to see this hugely important scheme progressing, which I’m sure the residents of Blaenrhondda and Upper Tynewydd will welcome.

“Plaid Cymru Councillors were slow to take the issue up, whilst this key structure was falling into disrepair, so once again it was Labour community activists who seized the initiative in pressing the case for investment and action in our area. This great news is testament to the hard work of those involved and I would like to pay thanks to my Labour colleagues for standing up for the Treherbert ward.”