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Right-hand turn lanes at A4059, Cwmbach

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will install dedicated right-turn lanes on the A4059 at Cwmbach, in the latest investment to improve traffic flow on the Cynon Valley corridor.

Works at the A4059 Canal Road will get underway from Monday, October 2, opposite the Gulf Petrol Station. The scheme will see two new lanes installed on the carriageway, providing safe holding lanes for vehicles turning right into the petrol station and Marpol Vehicles and Sparesworld businesses.

The project, which is wholly funded by a Welsh Government grant, will widen the carriageway into the existing verge, making room for the new lanes in the centre of the road. It will ensure vehicles wanting to turn right will no longer obstruct southbound traffic.

A two-way flow of traffic will be maintained at peak traffic times to minimise disruption, while temporary traffic signals utilised at quieter times of the day will be manually controlled to allow access to Gulf Petrol Station, Marpol Vehicles and Sparesworld – which will remain open for business as usual.

The scheme is expected to take six weeks. The works follow ground investigations and clearance works which took place on site earlier this year.

The scheme is the latest to take place on the busy A4059 Cynon Valley corridor to improve traffic flow. It follows recently-completed works to improve the Canal Road approaches to Cwmbach Roundabout, and install turn lanes.

Separate #RCTinvest projects at Asda and Ynys Roundabouts, as well as on the A4059 at Mountain Ash, have also taken place in the last 18 months – while the Council’s flagship Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link scheme, which will divert traffic off the A4059, continues to progress.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Carrying out improvements on the wider A4059 corridor through the Cynon Valley is a priority for this Council, which has invested significantly in many schemes over the last 18 months to improve traffic flow, especially at peak times.

“The latest scheme at Cwmbach will create dedicated turn lanes on the highway – which has proved successful in the A4059 works at Asda and Ynys roundabouts, and at Mountain Ash.

“The works will last around six weeks, and traffic management will only be required outside of peak hours. These works have also been scheduled after the Maerdy Mountain Road has reopened, and follows on from the improvements to the nearby Cwmbach Roundabout.

“This latest project, for which the Council has secured significant support from the Welsh Government, shows once again that investment in highways is a key priority for the benefit of residents and visitors to Rhondda Cynon Taf.”

Posted on Friday 29th September 2017