RCT Council will start works to deliver improvements at the busy A473/A4222 Cowbridge Road junction in Talbot Green, thanks to a significant investment from the Welsh Government.
The £180,000 works are scheduled to begin from Wednesday, March 7 – weather permitting – and will include a number of improvements, including the replacement of the existing traffic signals in order to introduce a more efficient technology system to improve traffic flow. The new signals will have Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) technology, to manage the signal timings in response to changing traffic flows.
The junction, which sits on the boundary of the Talbot Green and Pontyclun electoral wards and is known locally as ‘Leekes junction’, will also benefit from improved pedestrian crossing and new cycle facilities.
The works will last approximately four weeks, and will be carried out maintaining two-way traffic flow during weekdays. However, temporary traffic signals will be required on a number of Sundays during March.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:
“The Council will begin £180,000 works to improve the A473/A4222 junction, to improve the technology of the lights system which will, in turn, improve traffic flow for motorists and public transport. Facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will also be improved.
“This scheme represents the latest investment in this busy commuter area, which serves the A473 and access to the M4 nearby. It follows on from the Council’s flagship scheme to deliver significant improvements to help traffic flow at Talbot Green Roundabout nearby, which have been widely well-received since works were completed during summer 2017.
“The A473/A4222 junction works are wholly funded by the Welsh Government – an investment welcomed by the Council, which continues to pursue external funding for local schemes. This complements our own significant Highways investment in the £200m #RCTinvest programme. In 2017/18, the Council invested almost £20m in local Highway and Transportation schemes.
“The Council will work to complete the A473/A4222 junction improvements with as minimal disruption to local residents and commuters as possible.”