Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has now completed works on the Llantrisant Community Route, which has provided a new shared cycling and walking footpath through Talbot Green.
Works were completed on Friday, December 22, and the new footpath – which is nearly a mile long – is now open for residents and visitors to use.
The route’s most western point is at Cowbridge Road, running past the rear of Glamorgan Vale Retail Park to Westfield Court at its eastern end – parallel to the A473 and spanning the Llantrisant Town and Talbot Green wards.
During the summer a significant exercise was undertaken to clear a 6m route broadly following the disused railway line, to remove old railway tracks and vegetation. Construction of the 3m-wide community route followed in October, and this phase also included drainage, signage, fencing and associated works.
The scheme was enabled following a £375,000 investment, which has been funded for the majority by the Welsh Government. While works to the main route are now complete, the Council intends to provide additional access points to the community route in the New Year, as well as undertaking minor finishing works.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“The Council has now completed the new shared cycling and walking route at Talbot Green, which I’m sure will be welcomed by communities in the surrounding areas.
“The works were completed in two main stages. First was the clearance of the disused railway tracks and vegetation, to create a space for the community route to be built. The construction phase then followed in October and has now been completed on schedule before Christmas.
“The Council secured a significant investment from the Welsh Government to fund this project – again showing that the Council seeks external investment, where possible, to carry out improvement schemes. This is on top of the significant funding for projects through the Council’s wider £200m #RCTinvest programme, in which Highways Infrastructure is a key priority.
“The Council is also committed to improving the County Borough’s walking and cycling routes, and has recently submitted a draft Integrated Network Map to the Welsh Government, following Cabinet’s approval. The map highlights the new pedestrian and cycling routes to be delivered within 15 years.”