Maerdy Mountain Road drainage work requires half term closure
Written by Gavin on 21st October 2020
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will implement a full closure of Maerdy Mountain Road to carry out significant drainage work as a result of Storm Dennis – scheduled for the school holiday and ‘firebreak’ lockdown period to minimise disruption.
Significant drainage work will be undertaken to lower the ground water level around the area of the landslip caused by the unprecedented weather in February 2020. A road closure is required for the work to take place safely.
The A4233 will therefore be closed from Saturday, October 24, to Sunday, November 1 – with the potential for this to be extended if required due to the weather. The Council will keep residents fully up-to-date about progress.
The ‘firebreak’ lockdown period announced by Welsh Government to reduce the spread of Coronavirus runs from October 23 to November 9. The Maerdy Mountain Road works will therefore take place when people should only leave home for limited reasons, significantly reducing the disruption of the closure.
The scheme follows preparatory work carried out utilising a Sunday road closure on October 11 – and will reduce the ongoing risks throughout the upcoming winter, ahead of further work scheduled to take place next year.
An alternative route for motorists will be clearly signposted. Meanwhile Stagecoach, in partnership with the Council, will be providing an amended 172 service on the Aberdare to Bridgend/Porthcawl route during the work.
A shuttle service will operate between Maerdy, Ferndale, Penrhys and Tonypandy. It will connect with the 172 service at Tonypandy Bus Station for onward journeys to and from Aberdare, Tonyrefail, Bridgend and Porthcawl – ensuring all connections are made. Stagecoach will operate new timetables for Saturday, October 24 and from October 26 onwards (available on the Council’s website).
Ticketing arrangements are in place to ensure customers affected by these essential works will continue to pay normal fares for the route. For more information, please contact the Integrated Transport Unit on 01443 425001.
The Council remains committed to rectifying infrastructure damage caused by Storm Dennis across the County Borough. It recently announced the start of
preparations to repair the Marks and Spencer Bridge within Pontypridd’s Ynysangharad Park – due to start by November 2020 – while remediation work at Tylorstown landslip continues to progress well. Significant further phases of work in Tylorstown and Maerdy are also scheduled for next year.
The Council will work hard to complete the upcoming work at Maerdy Mountain Road as quickly as possible, and will communicate if there any further arrangements in due course.