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Funding and design update for Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will soon invite design and build proposals to be submitted by potential contractors for its landmark Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link project.

Meanwhile the allocation of funding for the project has risen to more than £6m, and a planning application for the link road and associated bridge will be considered by the Council’s planning committee on March 16.

Cabinet Members have been updated on the progress of the flagship transport project for the Cynon Valley, at their meeting on March 15.

The Council is investing in the major project which will see a bridge built over the Aberdare-Cardiff railway line and the River Cynon, from the Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate to Miskin Road. The new road will effectively provide a new link for traffic travelling on the A4059 and the B4275.

It will provide relief for traffic congestion which is currently a problem in and around Mountain Ash, and will have a knock-on improvement for traffic on the A4059 – the major artery road through the Cynon Valley.

The project team is currently finalising a tender package to invite potential contractors to submit design and build proposals for the link road and bridge. The successful contractor will be required to work up detailed designs and costs for the project, and a programme of works.

The contract will include a break-clause between the design and construction elements, to allow the Council to re-tender the construction phase if it is considered that better value could be obtained.

Also, separate tenders will be prepared to let contracts to improve the A4059 junction, and improve the northern junction and access off the link road.

Cabinet Members were updated on the funding for the project on Wednesday. An extra £350,000 funding has been directly allocated by the Welsh Government towards the scheme, bringing the total Welsh Government funding allocated for the project to £1.001m.

In addition, thanks to Welsh Government support an extra £1.1m has been allocated to the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link, bringing the total funding allocated to the project to £6.051m.

A further bid of £1.5m in 2017/18 has been submitted to the Welsh Government under the Local Transport Fund grant scheme. The outcome of the bid is expected to be announced imminently.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The start of the tender process for the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link represents a major landmark for this flagship project, which is gathering momentum.

“Alongside this, the Council will seek planning permission for the link road and bridge, which will be discussed by the Council’s Development Control Committee on Thursday with Officers’ recommendation to approve it.

“The funding update for the project also shows encouraging progress as more than £6m is now allocated in total. The Council will shortly find out whether a further bid for £1.5m, under the Local Transport Fund grant scheme, has been successful.

“This project is a priority for the Council, and once completed in 2019/20 it will make a huge difference to hundreds of commuters every day – not only in and around the Mountain Ash area but for people travelling on the A4059 throughout the Cynon Valley.”

Posted on Wednesday 15th March 2017