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Capel Hill Stores, Heol Tyllwyd, Tonyrefail

The Council is making good progress in its programme to improve 87 bus stops from Tonypandy to Groesfaen, along the Rhondda-Cardiff corridor used by Stagecoach’s 122 service.

The scheme has been funded through a £300,000 investment by the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund, and works got underway in May 2017.

The nature of work at each bus stop varies – ranging from the creation of raised bus stop kerbs to provide better access to the new low-floor buses, improved signage, bus shelters where required, footway and carriageway surfacing and new road markings. Around 40 bus stops have been improved since the work began.

The scheme has been split into five phases. Phase One, 15 stops from Penygraig to Trebanog, and Phase Two, 15 stops from Trebanog to Tonyrefail, are complete. Works are currently ongoing with Phase Three, 15 stops from Tonyrefail Comprehensive to Cwmlai Primary in Tonyrefail.

Phase Four, 15 stops from Coedely to Ynysmaerdy, and Phase Five, 27 stops from Talbot Green to Groesfaen, will be completed in due course. The project is on schedule for completion later this year.

Works are being carried out maintaining two-way traffic flow wherever possible, with temporary traffic management employed where necessary.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Good progress has been made on this scheme to improve the bus stops for commuters on the busy Tonypandy-Cardiff route, on which so many residents rely.

“Our improvements along the corridor have also been matched with more buses being provided each hour by Stagecoach, emphasising the strength of the Council’s working relationship with them.

“By making services more frequent and attractive to use, more people will use public transport. That will reduce congestion on our roads, reduce travel times and improve the environment.  It is hoped that schemes like the Rhondda bus corridor improvements will encourage more people to catch the bus, while also improving the efficiency of drop-offs and pick-ups in local communities – which has a knock-on improvement to traffic flow.

“Improving our highways and transport links is a priority issue for this Council – reflected in the significant investment allocated to these areas through the ongoing #RCTinvest scheme.

“It is also important to secure external investment for highways improvement schemes, where possible, and the Welsh Government’s £300,000 funding to improve bus stops from Tonypandy to Groesfaen is welcomed.”

Posted on Monday 29th January 2018

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