Posted: Thu 16th Jun 2016

1689 Potholes Filled In Under Two Months! /
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 16th, 2016

As work ploughs ahead right across Rhondda Cynon Taf, it is clear to see that the £23m Highways Investment Scheme is already making a considerable difference to streets and roads in the County Borough just two months in to the project. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

1689 potholes have already been tackled alongside 54 streets/roads/structures and footways being repaired as part of the £23m Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All of the areas/streets/roads listed below have benefited from the programme so far! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Primrose Terrace, Porth
  • Tallis Street, Cwmparc
  • Llety Turner Bends, Mountain Ash, Phase 1 complete
  • Ton Hywel, Trebanog
  • Church Village Bypass
  • Cymer Road, Dinas
  • Nantgarw Hill, Nantgarw
  • A4119 from lights at Talbot Green to Royal Glamorgan Hospital
  • Nantygwyddon Road
  • Sainsbury’s roundabout – Maritime Ind Est
  • Cefn Llechau Road, Stanleytown
  • Cilfynydd Road, Cilfynydd – footways, patching works
  • Highview Way, Glyncoch
  • Cemetery Road, Porth
  • Addison Avenue, Llanharry
  • Heol Creigiau, Efail Isaf
  • Ffordd Y Capel, Efail Isaf
  • The Dell, Tonteg
  • Penyreglwys, Church Village
  • Swn Yr Nant, Church Village
  • Cardigan Close, Tonteg
  • Crown Hill, Llantwit Fardre Jct
  • Heol Gelynog Beddau
  • Heol ap Pryce Beddau
  • Heol Cawdref Beddau
  • Leslie Terrace Llwyncelyn
  • Llwynypia Road Llwynypia
  • Clifton Row Porth
  • Glyndwr Terrace Llwynypia
  • Bank Street, Penygraig
  • Batten Way, Cilfynydd
  • Maelgwyn Terrace, Gadlys
  • Cwmneol Street Cwmaman
  • Mostyn Street Abercwmboi
  • Maesyffynnon Lane, Aberaman
  • Rhigos Road Rhigos
  • Maindy Road Graig
  • Cliff Terrace Treforest
  • Collins Terrace Treforest
  • Cwm Alarch Mountain Ash
  • Penderyn to its boundary
  • Rhigos Road, Hirwaun (sections)
  • Canal Road, Cwmbach
  • Llanwonno Road, Ynysybwl
  • Treforest Ind Est
  • Church Village Bypass
  • Cowbridge Road, Pontyclun

The funding for these schemes has been allocated from the £23m investment scheme which is set to continue over the next three years and is part of the wider £200m RCTinvest programme. This multi-million-pound project will see the Council invest significantly in key priority areas, including; Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over £53m has already been invested in improving and repairing the County Borough’s Highways and Transportation Infrastructure and on Strategic Projects since 2011. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The HTISP Investment scheme will see a number of streets, roads, towns and villages right across the County Borough benefit as work is now ploughing ahead to tackle key areas. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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

“The Council and its Cabinet has recognised the concerns expressed by the public and the importance of investing in our key priorities, that is why we have allocated £200m over the next three years to improve areas such as Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Myself and my Cabinet wholeheartedly agree that improvements to our highways and structures continue to be a key priority when it comes to allocating our financial resources. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We will be investing over £23m in Highways Improvements, Infrastructure, and Strategic Projects over the next three years – this is on top of the £53m we have already invested since 2011 meaning that by 2018/19 we will have invested over £76m in these key areas in less than a decade. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The latest planned schemes demonstrate the Council’s commitment to investing in the Highways and Transport Infrastructure across the County Borough. So far 54 streets/areas/roads have benefitted from the multi-million-pound scheme and we are only a few months in to this far-reaching programme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“First and foremost, £0.5m of this money has been allocated solely to tackle pot holes, which is in addition to the £0.8m revenue that is already allocated as part of the biggest investment in road repairs in over a decade – that’s a total of £1.3m to tackle pot holes alone during 2016/17. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Repairing pot holes is as much of a priority for the Council as it is for its residents and so far we have already sent out our dedicated teams to fill 1689 pot holes in under two months! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The remaining funds have been allocated to tackle Highways Improvements, (including drainage, footways, fencing/barriers and town and village centre regeneration), Structures, Transportation (including metro), Making Better Use and Flooding and drainage schemes.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over the next few weeks the programme will be continuing with more areas being added on a fortnightly basis. Please note these works are weather dependent and are subject to change – ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Mountain Ash Town Centre improvements
  • Glyndwr Terrace, Llwynypia
  • Hughes Street, Penygraig
  • Cilfyndd Road wall
  • Ynys Roundabout (Aberdare) ongoing
  • Tyntyla Footbridge ground investigation work to inform future design – started 31/05/16
  • Miskin Road, Mountain Ash – Intermittent closures for Cross Valley Link Investigation works continue until end June.
  • Bridge Street Roundabout lane improvements, Pontypridd (starts shortly, lasting 4-6 weeks)
  • Aberaman Bridge, Farm Road (started 7th June for 12 weeks)
  • Porth Park and Ride (ongoing)
  • Llety Turner Bends, Mountain Ash, Phase 2 and 3 – ongoing

Whilst this work demonstrates Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s commitment to maintain and improve the road infrastructure for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike, the targeted works are likely to cause some minor disruptions to those in their immediate vicinity. The Council would like to urge residents to continue to support us whilst these essential works are carried out as it is for their longer term benefit. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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