The Council’s major ongoing improvements at Tonypandy Town Centre are making good progress – and the overall scheme is on course for completion in autumn 2018, as planned.
The significant works in Tonypandy, for the benefit of local businesses and visitors to the town, began in June 2018. The scheme will see the pedestrian-only zone at Dunraven Street revoked, to allow through traffic in a northerly direction only. Works include construction of new footways, traffic calming features, pedestrian crossing points, street furniture and parking bays.
The scheme will transform the town centre landscape, and the removal of the pedestrianised area will encourage greater passing trade for businesses. The works were generally well-received by traders when announced last year, and the Council has now provided a progress report for the ongoing works.
The works are split into four phases – each representing a section of Dunraven Street. Phases one and two are currently underway, and making good progress. Phase one starts at the traffic lights at Gelli Road, and continues in a northern direction for around 50m, ending near Lloyds Bank. Phase Two resumes where phase one stops, ending just north of Principality.
Phase one is now reaching its final stages, with the completion of carriageway excavation, kerbing works and binder course surfacing. The final carriageway surfacing will be completed at the end of the wider scheme, across the whole of the work area in Dunraven Street. All works in phase one (aside from the final surfacing) are scheduled for completion in August – including electrical installation, street lighting, traffic signal installation and BT works.
Phase two is also well underway. To ensure efficient use of time, street lighting installation and utilities works in phases two and three are taking place at the same time. This will allow the existing street lighting columns, located where the new carriageway will be, to be removed. Excavation and drainage installation in phase two has also commenced.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I’m delighted that the works in Tonypandy are making good progress, and are on course to be completed in autumn 2018 as initially planned. Visitors to the town centre will have seen lots of activity ongoing, and it is positive news that the first two phases of the overall scheme are progressing so well – in what is one of the Council’s biggest projects to be delivered during 2018/19.
“Improving the Council’s Highways is a priority area of investment through #RCTinvest – and future-proofing the network through our town centres is no different. The Tonypandy scheme is outlined in the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19, which follows more than £20m of investment in Highways and Transportation schemes during 2017/18.
“I’d like to thank Tonypandy Town Centre businesses and visitors for their continued cooperation during the works, which will inevitably cause some disruption. However, the scheme will deliver long-term improvements to the Town Centre, for the local community to enjoy and benefit from.”
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “This exciting project in Tonypandy will deliver major improvements for Town Centre businesses and visitors for many years to come. The project conforms to the Council’s Corporate Plan ‘The Way Ahead’ – which states that our town centres require further investment to ensure we create more vibrant and enticing Retail Areas.
“There are also a number of other initiatives ongoing in Tonypandy, including the recent announcement that significant Welsh Government funding has been secured towards a £120,000 scheme to renovate Tonypandy Library, following a refurbishment to the building’s exterior last year.
“Cabinet has also recently agreed to extend the Town Centre Maintenance Grant in Tonypandy, which allows businesses and landlords to apply for funding to improve their property fronts. It has proven very popular since it launched in October 2017, with 32 Tonypandy businesses taking it up so far.
“These initiatives, along with free parking introduced last year, are all contributing to improving Tonypandy Town Centre’s economic activity.”
Posted on Wednesday 8th August 2018