Road safety improvements delivered in Cwmaman alongside new school
The Council will complete £140,000 works to introduce a safer walking route to school for parents and pupils in Cwmaman – ahead of the community’s brand new £7.2m primary school opening this September.
The 3-11 school off Glanaman Road will welcome pupils from Glynhafod Junior and Cwmaman Infants’ schools at the start of the 2018/19 academic year. It has been funded through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme – to transform the education provision in the area with a state-of-the-art learning environment.
During July 2018, parents and pupils visited the impressive new building following the completion of construction work. The development includes a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), staff car park, on-site pupil drop-off area, grass sports pitches, external pupil spaces, and a dedicated community room. The school is being fully-furnished over the summer holiday alongside IT installations, while works to external spaces continue to progress.
The Council has taken advantage of the summer break to carry out pedestrian safety improvements in Cwmaman, to complement the school development.
The project includes a 20mph zone for motorists along Glanaman Road, as well as the installation of flat top road humps, footway widening and a new lay-by. Mountain Road has also benefitted from a new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing near its junction with Prospect Place.
The majority of work is now complete. The Council’s contractor will finish the installation of new road humps this weekend (September 1-2), while road markings will be completed early next week, ahead of the school opening.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The new school development in Cwmaman, funded by #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government, has progressed very well. The finishing touches are being made before pupils move in at the start of September, and the impressive building will be at the heart of the community, for residents to be rightly proud of.
“Alongside the development, the Council made a commitment to deliver road safety improvements near the new school site. These started during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption locally, and I’m pleased these have been delivered on time, before the start of the new school year.
“Similar highway schemes have been ongoing across the County Borough this summer, to complement new school facilities being delivered in Tonypandy, Porth, Tonyrefail and Treorchy. These areas have also benefited from brand new school facilities in a wider £85m investment in education across Rhondda and Tonyrefail – which is on top of the £7.2m invested in Cwmaman.
“Providing significant funding to improve and future-proof our highways network is another priority area for this Council, with £23.6m being invested this year through the Highways Capital Programme, following an investment of more than £20m throughout 2017/18 and £91m over the past seven years.”