Exhibitions Planned For Cross Valley Link

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is inviting members of the public to view plans for the much anticipated Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link at two exhibitions in November.

The proposals are coming to fruition after years of planning due to a combination of Welsh Labour Government funding from the National Assembly and almost £2 million of Council spending through the ambitious RCTinvest programme, once again proving that Welsh Labour is intent on improving the well-being of Welsh communities.

The two exhibitions, scheduled to take place in Penrhiwciber and Mountain Ash, have been arranged to allow residents to examine the proposed plans.  Construction is expected to start in 2017/18, subject to successfully obtaining planning permission and the Complulsory Purchases of third party land, and will be completed by the end of 2019.  The investments aim to link traffic from the A4059 to the B4257 at Miskin Road on the other side of the river in Mountain Ash – near the Baileys Arms pub and Glyngwyn Street. The new bridge will stretch from the Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate over the Afon Cynon River and the train line between Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber.

Preparatory works have been on-going throughout the summer, these have included:

  • Topographic/Drainage/Utilities surveys
  • Ground Investigation
  • Ecology
  • Highways Design
  • Structures Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Flood Consequences Assessment
  • Compulsory Purchase Order preparatory works

These works have captured the technical data needed which will now inform technical analyses and generate reports which will help inform final scheme designs and mitigation measures.  A planning application will be submitted in December marking the next stage of this key project.

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, who is also the Cabinet Member for Highways, said:

“These public exhibitions are an opportunity for residents to come along and see the plans for a project that has been an aspiration in the Cynon Valley for many years and is now, finally, a reality.

As a result of the initial £1.95m funding put forward by the council and the £300,000 Welsh Government funding, we are now developing this scheme in detail to take the project forward and we have already seen significant activity taking place on site over the summer months.

Following the comprehensive traffic surveys and analysis that have taken place over the last year, we have been able to evidence that this proposal has the potential to reduce congestion on the key junctions in the area and reduce journey times on the A4059.

The analysis that has been undertaken has considered current and future traffic scenarios to simulate traffic levels.  It anticipates that the bridge will carry over 1,700 vehicles in each of the morning and afternoon peak hours in 2030.

I would encourage residents to come along and take a look at the plans that will improve journey times and reduce congestion in the area.”

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