The Council will soon complete its significant improvements to the Llantrisant Road/Gwaunmiskin Road junction in Beddau – and the final surfacing phase of the project requires two necessary road closures.
The major £680,000 scheme is delivering road safety improvements at the junction, known locally as ‘Beddau Halt’. It includes alterations to the junction alignment, new traffic signals with pedestrian crossing facilities, carriageway and footway construction, drainage works and new street lighting. Once completed, the road’s speed limit will be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.
The Council has received significant grant funding to help deliver this scheme, and the latest funding of £394,000 was announced by the Welsh Government in April 2018, as part of its Local Transport Fund for 2018/19.
The scheme has progressed well and is on course for completion in mid-July 2018. The majority of the works have taken place using temporary traffic signal control – however, the Council previously stated there would be elements of the project requiring road closures, which would be scheduled on weekends or over school holidays to minimise disruption.
The final carriageway surfacing must be completed under a temporary road closure. This requires a 470m section of the B4595 Llantrisant Road to close in both directions, in a north easterly direction from a point 60m south of the Beddau Halt junction. Gwaunmiskin Road will close for 150m, north westwards from the Beddau Halt junction.
The Council’s contractor has requested the works are carried out under road closures over two consecutive weekends. They will take place from June 29 to July 2, and from July 6 to July 9.
Each closure will start at 8pm on the Friday, and the road will re-open by 5.30am on the following Monday.
An alternative route for motorists is via Gwaunmiskin Road, Tynant Road, Parish Road, Woodlands and Llantrisant Road to the eastern side of the closure – or continuing from Woodlands to Crown Hill, A473 and Llantrisant Road to the southern side of the closure. Motorists travelling in the opposite direction should take the above routes in reverse order.
Meanwhile, the works also require the temporary closure of the unnamed lane heading towards Rhiwsaeson, located off Llantrisant Road just south of the Beddau Halt junction. The unnamed lane will be closed for the full duration of the works, from 8pm on Friday, June 29, to 7pm on Monday, July 9.
An alternative route is via Rhiwsaeson Houses Road, Rhiwsaeson Road, A473, Llantrisant Road and unnamed road between Llantrisant Road and Rhiwsaeson Houses Road, to the western side of the closure. Motorists travelling in the opposite direction should take this route in reverse order.
During both of the closures access for emergency services will not be maintained, however access for pedestrians will be maintained.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“These works have progressed very well recently, and once completed they will deliver important road safety improvements along this busy part of the Highways network – which represents a key link for motorists in and around Beddau.
“The Council has received significant Welsh Government support for this scheme, with the latest grant confirmed earlier this year in the Local Transport Fund. The Council continues to pursue important external investment to help deliver local Highways schemes – complementing our own significant funding through #RCTinvest in this area. More than £20m was allocated to Highways schemes in 2017/18, followed by our £23.6m Capital Programme for 2018/19.
“The works in Beddau are nearing completion, and have reached the final surfacing phase. This will require road closures of the junction and two corresponding sections of Gwaunmiskin Road and Llantrisant Road – which will take place over weekends to minimise disruption. The unnamed lane heading towards Rhiwsaeson from Llantrisant Road will also be closed.
“The Council will work with its contractor to complete these works as quickly and efficiently as possible. I’d like to thank local residents and road users for their cooperation in advance, as the wider project draws to a close.”