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Rhydyfelin Safe Route Proposals

Residents are being invited to give their views on proposals for a new road safety scheme which is being considered for the Rhydyfelin area.

A consultation period is underway, with public participation being encouraged. The proposed scheme aims to reduce speed in the area and improve pedestrian safety by introducing a traffic-calming scheme.

Plans for the scheme include the introduction of a 20mph zone, along with speed-reduction measures at Dyffryn Road, Dynea Road and Holly Street, with the remainder of the surrounding streets benefiting from the introduction of a 20mph speed limit.

This limit, however, will not incorporate any speed reduction features such as speed bumps or priority give-way restrictions.

The proposals have been designed to improve road safety by creating a safer environment for all highway users, particularly the vulnerable, by reducing vehicular speeds throughout the community of Rhydyfelin.

The Council has started a consultation period and is inviting residents to submit their views in writing to the Council.

A public exhibition is also being held at Rhydyfelin Community Centre, Dyffryn Road, Rhydyfelin, on Tuesday, November 4. Doors will be open from 10am until 2pm and 4pm until 8pm.

Details of the scheme proposals can also be viewed at Rhydyfelin Library until Monday, November 17.

As part of the Welsh Government’s Safe Routes in Communities programme, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has already been successful in their application for substantial funding to implement the Rhydyfelin Safe Routes in the Communities Scheme.

The Welsh Government programme aims to improve accessibility and safety, and encourage walking and cycling within communities. It is designed to change how people travel, resulting in greater social inclusion and improved community safety.

Over the last three years, the Council has received £605, 500 in total from the programme which has helped create safe walking and cycling routes for the schools and the community.

Safe Routes in Communities is a Welsh Government grant programme that allows local authorities to bid for funding on an annual basis. It has provided around £42m since 2008/09 when Safe Routes in Communities replaced Safe Routes to School.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, with responsibility for highway maintenance and traffic management, said: “These proposals will continue to bring important improvements to the village of Rhydyfelin and create a safer and more attractive pedestrian environment for children and residents walking to and from school and for the local community.

“We are grateful to the Welsh Government for their continued support of the many robust and essential schemes we have implemented throughout the County Borough to create safer routes within our communities.

“The aim of the public exhibition is to ensure that all those people affected are aware of the plans and are given the opportunity to view them, talk to Council officers and comment on the proposals.”

As well as visiting the public exhibition, residents can also submit comments in writing to: The Strategic Projects Unit, Sardis House, Sardis Road, Pontypridd, CF37 1DU, or alternatively by email to ESGStrategic@rctcbc.gov.uk

The deadline for any comments regarding the Rhydyfelin road safety proposals is noon on Monday, November 17.