The Council will begin work to implement a series of highway improvements in Abercynon from the week commencing February 10, following positive feedback received in a public consultation exercise last year.
In September and October 2019, the Council held an informal consultation process so residents could view proposals to improve traffic flow in Abercynon – and create a low-speed environment within which local residents and visitors have greater freedom to travel safely, either on foot or by cycling.
Residents took part via email, letter or at a public exhibition at Abercynon Community Centre. Valuable feedback was received by 136 people at the exhibition, and 61 others who contacted the Council separately. This feedback was considered in shaping the final plans, which will now be implemented.
The Council has benefitted from full Welsh Government funding to carry out this scheme in the 2019/20 financial year.
The work schedule to implement the scheme in Abercynon over the coming weeks, which will take place in three phases, is summarised below:
- Phase One (week commencing February 10) – realigning the existing junction between Station Road and Ynysmeurig Road.
- Phase Two (week commencing February 17) – works to complete a one-way system in the centre of Abercynon, and begin introducing a new 20mph speed limit across the village – including signage and waiting restrictions.
- Phase Three (upon completion of Phase Two) – constructing a new bus stop on Station Road, removing the existing bus stop at Walter Street and constructing two informal crossing points at Margaret Street.
Residents are advised that Phase One of these works is expected to be completed with minimal disruption to members of the public.
However, the Council would like to give residents and businesses advanced notice that Phase Two (week commencing February 17) is likely to cause some unavoidable disruption in the centre of Abercynon, as the new one-way system is introduced. Commuters are advised to use an alternative route where possible.
Residents are also advised that the Council’s Highways department will take this opportunity to carry out resurfacing works, starting on February 16 – along Mountain Ash Road leading to Ynysmeurig Road and the lower end of Margaret Street.
This is part of the Council’s significant £23.5m, #RCTinvest funding for Highways maintenance, from 2019/20 to 2021/22, to improve and future-proof roads and footways across the County Borough. The upcoming resurfacing work in Abercynon has been coordinated to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, and avoid the need for further work in the area later this year.
The Council would like to thank residents, commuters and local businesses in advance for their cooperation and patience during the upcoming scheme. We will work to complete it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Any further updates will be communicated via the Council’s social media accounts – @RCTCouncil on Twitter and ‘Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’ on Facebook.