The Council will shortly host two public exhibitions outlining proposals for the major Llanharan Bypass scheme – while residents will also be able to view the plans and have their say online.
The proposed bypass to the south of Llanharan is split into three development sections. The western section was built off the roundabout by Dragon Studios as part of the Llanilid Housing Development, while the middle section will be constructed by the housing developer before the 801st house is built (of 1,840).
The eastern section is currently being developed by the Council, which will connect to the middle section at the southern end of Enterprise Way, and extend to the A473 to a point east of Llanharan, near the Llanharan service station. The bypass would create a vital route at the heart of the Llanilid Strategic Opportunity Area, highlighted by Cabinet in 2017 as an investment opportunity for economic growth. The proposed road will be single carriageway, with a shared walking/cycling community route alongside.
The project is currently joint-funded by the Council through #RCTinvest, and the Welsh Government through its Local Transport Fund.
Currently, the Council continues to develop a business case in accordance with Welsh Government guidance. Ecological and topographical surveys have started on site, while traffic survey works have been completed.
Preliminary design work is also ongoing, and the information gained in the upcoming two-week public consultation will inform this process. Consultation will begin from Friday, March 29, and includes public exhibitions at:
- Llanharan Miners’ Welfare Hall, Llanharan, CF72 9NR.
Friday, March 29, 11am to 8pm.
- Bryncae Community Centre, Powell Drive, Bryncae, CF72 9UU.
Friday, April 5, 11am to 8pm.
Residents attending these events will be able to view the proposals and ask questions to Council Officers. The information presented at each exhibition will also be available online, at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/llanharan, from March 29 – and there will be a facility for residents to post their views about the scheme.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council has made a public commitment to deliver a new bypass for Llanharan in a future financial year – and this has long been an aspiration for the community. In October 2018, £500,000 was allocated by Cabinet Members to further develop the scheme, bringing the total allocation to £2m to date.
“Through #RCTinvest, we have delivered £91m funding over the past seven years to future proof and develop our Highways – and the 2019/20 Budget Strategy recently agreed by Full Council includes another £25.96m capital investment next year, across strategic projects and technical services.
“Llanilid was agreed as a Strategic Opportunity Area by Cabinet in 2017, and it has huge potential for economic growth due to the major housing plans for the area, alongside a new school development. The new Llanharan Bypass will therefore form a vital part of this transition, improving traffic flow in Dolau and Llanharan, while there is also the potential for future links to the M4.
“The upcoming consultation period is an important part of the ongoing detailed design phase, and feedback received at the public consultations and online will be considered going forward. I would urge residents and road users to take part in the consultation, and help shape this vital scheme for the future.”
Residents are welcome to use Welsh at either public exhibition. Please let us know by March 22 if you wish to do so, via StrategicProjects@rctcbc.gov.uk.