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A4059 work set to begin

Work is set to begin to improve traffic flows and ease congestion along the A4059 Cynon Valley corridor, thanks to the Council’s £26.5m Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects programme.

Preparation works to introduce dedicated right-turn lanes on the A4059 in Mountain Ash, at its junction with Troed-y-Rhiw Road, Caegarw will begin next week (9th January), which will allow the larger scale works along the A4059 to begin on w/c 16th January.

This work will be the latest in a number of programmes that have been undertaken as part of the multi-million-pound investment scheme to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion along the A4059 – one of the Cynon Valleys busiest highways.

So far work has been carried out to –

  • Ynys roundabout – a new dedicated southbound left-turn lane has been successfully constructed and completed.
  • Asda roundabout – a new northbound left-turn lane to Aberaman has been successfully constructed and completed.
  • Mountain Ash – the repair and restoration of the A4059 footbridge near Mountain Ash Comprehensive School and the Cynon Valley Hospital has been successfully completed, providing traffic-free access which will safeguard and encourage sustainable travel.
  • Cwmbach roundabout – design work underway to investigate the potential to improve traffic flows, with the possibility of an extended left-turn lane to be constructed next year.
  • Mountain Ash – works are progressing well on for the Cross Valley Link, which is badly needed to help alleviate traffic congestion along the A4059 at the current town bridge.

The initial preparation works will take place along Troed-y-Rhiw Road at its junction with Cardiff Road, with a small traffic build out being installed. The preparation works are not expected to cause any disruption to motorists.

Troedyrhiw junction Mountain Ash - pre condition -6
Picture – RCT Council

The works which are expected to last an estimated 8 weeks will provide a holding lane for vehicles travelling north or south on the A4059 wanting to turn right into Troed-y-Rhiw Road, ensuring that the main flow of traffic on this busy highway is not affected.

To accommodate the right-turn lanes, the existing ‘build outs’ on the junction will be removed, and to maintain road safety, it is proposed to introduce a One Way System in the section of Troed-y-Rhiw Road, Mountain Ash, from its junction with the A4059, southbound to its junction with Cardiff Road.

During the wider works, traffic management will be in place on the A4059, however where possible works will be programmed outside of peak hours to minimise disruption to road users.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Highways, said:

“The introduction of these latest improvements along the A4059 Cynon Valley corridor will further help reduce congestion and improve traffic flows on the main thoroughfare through the valley.

“The Council recognises that thousands of motorists every day rely on this road and we know that there have been concerns over congestion in the past because the public has told us so.

“The scale of the investment and range of the works we are currently delivering along the A4059 is significant and is part of the overall investment in highways and transportation we are making across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“I am keen we continue this significant investment in transportation in the coming year alongside the investment we can expect in the valleys through the Metro project.”

The Council remains committed to improving traffic flows and reducing congestion and delays for the thousands of residents, businesses and motorists that use the A4059 Cynon Valley corridor on a daily basis.

In addition to these highways improvements, flood prevention works have been carried out along the Abercynon to Mountain Ash section of the A4059 at three locations in order to address long -standing flooding hot spots to improve the resilience of this road in bad weather.

Over £53m has already been invested in improving and repairing the County Borough’s Highways and Transportation Infrastructure and on Strategic Projects since 2011, with Cabinet recently announcing a further additional investment of £3.5M to future-proof vital structures in the County Borough – St Albans Bridge, Treherbert and Brook Street Footbridge, Ystrad, will be the key structures to benefit from this investment.

The HTISP Investment scheme has already seen over 100 streets/roads already benefitting, alongside towns and village centres right across the County Borough.

The investment forms part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s wider £200m RCTinvest programme, which is supporting key priority areas such as Leisure and Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Play Areas, Highways and Structures, Transport Infrastructure, Flood Alleviation, Schools, Recycling Facilities, Housing and Town and Village Centres, with investment.

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