The Council will begin a major improvement scheme at Talbot Road and Ely Valley Road (A4119) in Talbot Green – including significant road resurfacing and upgrades to traffic signals, street lighting and street furniture.
The scheme will be carried out over six weeks to deliver half-a-million pound improvements to the busy road network in Talbot Green, which supports the A4119 and the nearby retail park. Works begin from Monday, February 25, and the Council has appointed contractor ERH to deliver the scheme.
A4119/Talbot Road Carriageway Resurfacing
Road resurfacing, funded via #RCTinvest, will take place on a section of the A4119 between the A473 roundabout and Talbot Road traffic lights. A section of Talbot Road will also be resurfaced, including both entrances to the retail park. These works require a series of road closures, which will be carried out overnight (8pm to 5.30am) to minimise disruption.
The overnight closures will be mainly concentrated over two weeks, starting on February 25. The first week of work will focus on varying sections of the A4119, and the second week (starting March 4) will be at Talbot Road.
There will be a level of unavoidable noise disturbance during the overnight closures, due to the nature of the scheme. The Council has written to local residents to inform them about the nature of the upcoming works.
The resurfacing works are weather-dependent and, as a result, are likely to alter. Therefore, the Council will use its social media accounts – ‘Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’ on Facebook and ‘@RCTCouncil’ on Twitter – to communicate the closure required for each night of work. All diversion routes will be clearly signposted.
Traffic Signals, Street Lighting and Street Furniture
Improvements to traffic signals, street lighting and street furniture will be delivered across the six-week period of work. Traffic management will be required but no road closures are anticipated for this part of the scheme.
These works will take place outside of peak travel hours – to avoid any lane closure from 6am-9.30am and 3pm-7pm, in order to minimise disruption.
The scheme will install MOVA (Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation) technology to the traffic lights on the A4119/Talbot Road junction. This is a second phase of work following improvements in summer 2018, to increase the right-turn waiting area for traffic turning right onto Talbot Road and introduce changes to the signal staging sequence.
MOVA technology will enable the signal timings to be managed in response to changing traffic flows – which will improve traffic flow at peak times. The Council has received funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Network Fund for this part of the scheme.
These overall works will deliver further important improvements to the Rhondda gateway, which has been identified as a Strategic Opportunity Area by the Council to achieve economic growth. It follows a multi-million pound scheme at Talbot Green Roundabout in 2017, while the Council continues to develop plans to dual the A4119 at Coedely/Ynysmaerdy in the future.
The Council recognises that this major scheme has the potential to cause disruption to road users and local residents – and we will work closely with our contractor to ensure this is kept to a minimum. We’d like to thank residents and commuters in advance for their cooperation throughout the work period.