Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Transportation Topic Paper – February 2008?
Posted by Lewis on the 21st August 2020
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Transportation Topic Paper – February 2008?
Strategic Highway Network
The process of developing the Sewta Regional Highways
Strategy included the development of the Strategic Road Network (SRN). This network will comprise routes that are essential to the function of the regional transport system. It defines a minimum of highway routes that need to be maintained to appropriate standard to ensure key population centers are connected.
The SRN serving Rhondda Cynon Taf comprises the M4 motorway, A470 and A465 trunk roads and some ‘A’ roads in the County Borough e.g. A473, A4059, A4058 and A4119. Of these roads the M4, A470 and A465 fall within the jurisdiction of the Welsh Assembly Government. These roads represent strategic communications links into and within the County Borough.
The SRN in Rhondda Cynon Taf is experiencing problems of congestion and is some instances is close to capacity. The Council will through the implementation of a strategic corridor management system seek to manage and mitigate against the growth of traffic on A roads within its control. The Welsh Assembly Government Trunk Road programme has identified a scheme for dualling the A465 between Abergavenny / Hirwaun. The scheme, originally programmed for 2008, is likely to take place during 2012. A study examining the options for improving capacity on the M4 is being conducted and is expected to report shortly. The Council recognises that the creation and retention of an efficient, high quality motorway and trunk road network is critical for the effective operations of the capital network and the regeneration of Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Policy TRAN 1 - Major Road Schemes
Land will be safeguarded and provision made for the development of the strategic highway network, including:
i) Church Village Bypass
ii) Mountain Ash Southern Cross Valley Link
iii) Upper Rhondda Fach Relief Road
iv) Gelli / Treorchy Relief Road
v A4059 Aberdare Bypass Extension
vi) Tonyrefail Bypass and Ynysmaerdy to Coed Ely Dualling
vii) Upper Rhondda Fach Relief Road Extension (Beyond Maerdy
vii) Mountain Ash Northern Cross Valley Link
Mountain Ash Northern Cross Valley Link
A cross-valley link, which will link the east to the west bank, north of the town bridge.
The proposed cross-river link will bring environmental relief to residential and commercial properties within the town centre and the Miskin and Penrhiwceiber area.
The scheme will facilitate regeneration of the area, and will provide improved safety and environmental conditions in the town centre. The scheme will provide a link to the new
Mountain Ash Hospital.
ix) A473 Llanharan Bypass x) A473 Talbot Green Bypass Dualling
xi) Ynysmaerdy toTalbot Green Relief Road
xii) A465 Dualling – WAG
Although the LDP will seek to implement a balanced transportation strategy that contains several elements including elements to encourage public transport, walking, and cycling, there will continue to be a need for new roads.
In many parts of Rhondda Cynon Taf major routes continue to run through residential areas resulting in environmental and safety problems as well as leading to traffic congestion, which deter to economic growth and inward investment. As long as there are economic, environmental and safety problems resulting from the existing road network, it is considered that a road construction programme will continue to be an essential element of the overall transportation strategy.
The South East Wales Transport Alliance Regional Transport
Plan identifies 4 major road schemes in Rhondda Cynon Taf as priority schemes for implementation during the period 2008
– 23. These schemes are as follows:
Church Village Bypass
Gelli/Treorchy Relief Road
A4119 Ynysmaerdy to Talbot Green Relief Road
A4059 Aberdare Bypass Extension
The Council will seek to maximise the opportunities presented by a transport grant system, convergence funding and developer contributions to implement currently uncommitted schemes during the plan period.
Policy TRAN 2 - Key Strategic Transport Corridors
In order to ensure the effective management of traffic growth within the County Borough development proposals on sites of 1 hectare or more in the following strategic corridor areas;
i) A4119 / A473 Corridor;
ii) A470 / A4059 Corridor, or
iii) A4059 / A465 Corridor
Will be required to contribute towards;
i) The development of a strategic corridor management system;
ii) Infrastructure improvements;
iii) Public Transport Enhancement; and
iv) Park and share provision
The Strategic Transportation Study (2007) indicates clearly that the transport system within areas of the County Borough is under pressure as a result of current and predicted levels of development.
Existing problems of congestion will be exacerbated and new problems created on the highway network unless sufficient investment is undertaken to mitigate the impact of new development.
Development throughout the County Borough will be directed to locations that offer a choice of modes of transportation.
Particular importance will be placed on ensuring that development both supports and, where necessary, contributes towards the developments of a modern integrated transport system. As a result, development proposals on sites of 1 hectare or more within the A4119 / A473, A470 / A4059 and A4059 / A465 Corridors will be required to fund the development of a strategic corridor management system, improvements to the highway network and key junctions, public transport enhancements and park and share provision.
This approach will allow the Council to manage and minimise traffic growth within the County Borough and respond to change in the wider region.
As a general principle development will be directed to locations that offer a choice of transportation. Particular importance will be placed on ensuring that development both supports and where necessary contributes towards the development of a modern integrated transport system in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Further guidance in respect of the identified strategic transportation corridors is contained in Supplementary Planning Guidance on Access, Parking and Design.
A4059 Aberdare Bypass Extension;
Extension to the existing A4059 Aberdare Bypass. The scheme will assist with the development of the
Robertstown/Aberdare Strategic Site. There is a proposal for mixed-use development at Robertstown and the Aberdare General Hospital Site. There is potential for residential, employment and commercial development which will provide opportunities for regeneration in the area
The proposed road will provide good communications between the substantial population of the upper Cynon Valley and the A465. It will open up access to employment opportunities and attract industrial development. It will bring substantial environmental relief to residential and commercial areas and improve road safety. This scheme will provide improved access and assist with the development of the
Hirwaun/Penywaun Strategic Site proposed for the Tower Colliery site after coal related operations have ceased, where there is potential for large-scale employment, and some residential use. The scheme will facilitate large-scale regeneration of the area, and will provide improved safety and environmental conditions for a significant number of residents.
The scheme is largely dependent on the dualling of the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road by the Assembly. The scheme would need to be constructed at the same time as the A465 dualling, as the Aberdare Bypass Extension would need to be designed to tie in with the revised alignment of the A465
Local Development Plan Annual Monitoring Report October 10 2018
In addition to the above, progress has been made with other allocated schemes. In the
Northern Strategy Area, the Mountain Ash Southern Cross Valley Link has received planning permission for an east-west highway and bridge link via an upgraded junction on the A4059. Construction commenced in the summer of 2017 with the main bridge commencing in the summer of 2018. The Mountain Ash Northern Cross Valley Link was reviewed and considered as part of the development of the southern link, although the southern link has been prioritised.
Local Development Plan Adopted March 2011
Policy NSA 20 - Major Road Schemes
In addition to those schemes identified in Policy CS 8 land will be safeguarded and provision made for the development of the strategic highway network in the Northern Strategy Area, including:-
1. Mountain Ash Southern Cross Valley Link;
2. Upper Rhondda Fach Relief Road; and
3. Mountain Ash Northern Cross Valley Link.
NSA 20 (3) - Mountain Ash Northern Cross Valley Link
The proposed cross-river link will bring environmental relief to residential and commercial properties within the town centre and the Miskin and
Penrhiwceiber area. The scheme will facilitate regeneration of the area, and will provide improved safety and environmental conditions in the town centre.
The scheme will provide an improved link to the new Mountain Ash Hospital.