The Council has completed works to improve a pedestrian crossing point in Cymmer, by introducing a new puffin crossing and undertaking road resurfacing for the benefit of the community.
The work, which started at the end of October, has replaced the uncontrolled crossing point outside the former Thai Elephant building on Trebanog Road with a safer alternative. Resurfacing has taken place on either side of the new crossing to replace damaged sections of carriageway, while the existing bus stop for services travelling uphill (towards Trebanog) has also been improved.
All footway, ducting and bus stop works – and the installation of traffic signal apparatus – were completed by Friday, November 9, while more than 900 sq/m of carriageway was resurfaced on Sunday. White lines have been added to the carriageway and the puffin crossing is now in full operation.
As part of the work, the downhill bus stop was removed for safety reasons, and residents can use the existing stop at Ton Hywel as an alternative.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I’m pleased that the pedestrian crossing improvements in Cymmer have now been delivered, ensuring the community has a new safe crossing point on this busy main road, which also serves two local schools nearby.
“The project is the latest pedestrian safety scheme to take place across the County Borough, with a number of safer routes schemes completed this summer as part of the 21st Century Schools investment. Improvements were completed in Tonypandy, Tonyrefail, Cwmaman, Treorchy and Porth, while a safe crossing point was created in Abercwmboi, near the local primary school.
“The project also included carriageway resurfacing, carrying on the excellent progress through #RCTinvest to future-proof our road network, with more than 50 traditional surfacing schemes completed since April 2018. Cabinet has also recently agreed a £23.5m highways maintenance package over the next three years – enabling the Council to continue its accelerated funding approach.
"I would like to thank the local community in Cymmer for their cooperation while these important works were carried out by the Council.”