Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will deliver £247,000 in pedestrian safety improvements on the road network near Treorchy Comprehensive School this summer, to complement the significant 21st Century Schools investment for the area.
Pupils in Treorchy are now benefitting from new and improved learning facilities thanks to significant funding through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. A state-of-the-art three-storey science block has been completed, and pupils enjoyed using the new laboratories and specialist lecture theatre during the 2017/18 summer term.
The school has also benefited from new sixth form facilities, while its former science block will now be developed into general classrooms and a dedicated music department. The school is already using two Multi Use Games Areas delivered as part of this investment, and a third will be completed next year.
To complement these works, the Council is delivering improvements to the local highway network near the school this summer, to create a safer walking route for pupils. The works are taking place throughout August, and will be delivered before the new academic year begins in September 2018. The Council’s appointed contractor to deliver the works is Alun Griffiths Ltd.
The project includes a new footway and ‘on road’ bus lay-by within Abergorci Industrial Estate. Works are nearly completed on this aspect of the scheme.
Meanwhile, a 20mph zone will be introduced at Station Road near the school entrance. The existing zebra crossing will be relocated and placed on a raised plateau. The existing bus stop will also be relocated and improved, while the vehicle entrance to Ystradfechan Park will be re-aligned. These works were started on Monday, August 6.
While the works are being carried out, two-way traffic flow is being maintained as far as possible, but temporary traffic signals will be required during some aspects of the scheme. The Council will ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“The Council is delivering huge improvements to local schools across Rhondda and Tonyrefail as part of an £85m investment through the 21st Century Schools initiative – and to complement this we are funding a number of highways projects over the summer to introduce safer walking routes to the schools.
“These schemes are taking place in Tonypandy, Treorchy and Tonyrefail – while a second phase of work in Porth is continuing to use Safe Routes in Communities funding from Welsh Government. All of the projects are due to be completed by September, so pupils can benefit from these pedestrian safety improvements to their new school facilities from the start of the new school year.
“These works extend the Council’s significant investment in highways across the County Borough through #RCTinvest. More than £20m was invested in the road network during 2017/18, and this is followed by the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme being delivered throughout 2018/19.
“The Treorchy safer routes scheme is progressing, with works at Abergorci Industrial Estate nearing completion and improvements at a busy section of Station Road, near the Comprehensive School, ongoing. The Council is working with its contractor to carry out the work with as little disruption as possible. Thank you for your continued cooperation throughout this project.”