Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has secured additional Welsh Government funding of £500,000 for its Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link Scheme – bringing the total current investment to more than £9m.
The overall scheme will see a 60-metre bridge built from Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate to Miskin Road, providing a key link for traffic between the A4059 and B4275. The Council’s flagship project is geared up for an exciting 2018, after a successful 2017 saw major works begin on site in three areas – at Miskin Road, Cardiff Road and the A4059 junction.
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Works to deliver major improvements to the A4059-Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate junction began in October. The work will widen the A4059 carriageway where it meets the industrial estate, introducing new lanes on this section of road to maximise capacity and traffic flow. Progress to date has included site clearance, road base works, kerbing, drainage, utility diversions and significant piling works for the construction of a retaining wall.
The works followed the completion of junction improvements at Cardiff Road in October, which included a new road layout, re-surfacing works and the installation of new lighting. Meanwhile, at Miskin Road, the demolition of two cottages and adjacent garages, as well as accommodation works, was completed in November.
Construction of the Cross Valley Link road itself is on course to begin in Summer 2018, while the overall project is due for completion by 2020.
As works continue to progress on site and behind the scenes, the Council has now secured an additional £500,000 from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund. It brings the total allocation of funding for the scheme to £9.001m – to which £4.101m can be attributed to the Welsh Government.