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Llantrisant Community Route - site clearance

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will undertake site clearance works on a section of the Llantrisant Community Route at Talbot Green.

The new route will improve walking and cycling provision for local residents, and will broadly follow the path of the disused railway line running parallel to the A473. Its most western point will be at Cowbridge Road, and will run past the rear of Glamorgan Vale Retail Park, to Westfield Court at its eastern end.

Through #RCTinvest, the Council is investing £50,000 for the site clearance works which are intended to commence during the latter half of August, lasting around five weeks.

It will include vegetation clearance and the removal of the old railway line to create a six-metre wide clear corridor along the route. This initial phase of work will also see associated ecology works take place.

Local traffic management at various access points to the community route will be required throughout the site clearance works – and the Council will work closely with contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd. to minimise disruption to residents.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Improving the County Borough’s walking and cycling routes is an important issue for the Council, and we are currently undertaking a public consultation with residents to gain and consider their views on this matter.

“The consultation will help further develop a draft Integrated Network Map for Rhondda Cynon Taf, which outlines the new routes to be delivered in the next 15 years. It will be submitted to the Welsh Government by November 2017.

“These site clearance works for the community route in Talbot Green will enable construction works to take place later this year. This Active Travel scheme will offer an alternative and sustainable travel option that should help reduce the number of local car journeys and improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

“The project, funded through #RCTinvest, again shows the Council’s commitment to improving our communities with targeted investment.”