Cwmaman safer routes

The Council will undertake Highways safety improvements in Cwmaman this summer for the benefit of the community – ahead of the new £7.2m Cwmaman Primary School opening in September.

The brand new school, currently being built off Glanaman Road, will welcome 3-11 pupils from Glynhafod Junior and Cwmaman Infants’ Schools at the start of the 2018/19 academic year. The project, funded through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, will provide first-class facilities to transform the education offer in the local area.

The wider development includes a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), staff car park, on-site pupil drop-off area, grass sports pitches, external pupil spaces, and a dedicated room for the use of local groups and the wider community.

During the school summer holiday, the project will also deliver £140,000 of Highway safety improvements in Cwmaman, at Glanaman Road and Mountain Road.

This safer routes for the community scheme will implement a 20mph zone for motorists on Glanaman Road, along with the installation of flat top road humps, footway widening and a new lay-by. The lay-by has already been constructed as part of the project, ahead of the majority of works taking place this summer.

Meanwhile, Mountain Road will benefit from a new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing near its junction with Prospect Place.

The project will be carried out while maintaining traffic flow in Cwmaman – however, to facilitate some aspects of the project, some residents might be asked to temporarily move their vehicles to allow for construction. Works will begin from mid-July 2018, and are due for completion by September 2018.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “This is an exciting time for education across the County Borough as school facilities fit for the 21st Century are being delivered in Rhondda and Tonyrefail thanks to an £85m investment, along with a new £7.2m primary school for Cwmaman.

“Alongside the school projects, the Council is committed to improving Highways within our communities – with a specific focus on better routes to school for parents and pupils. Safer routes projects in Tonypandy, Tonyrefail, Treorchy and Cwmaman will take place this summer. Meanwhile, the second phase of a project in Porth, which has benefitted from Welsh Government Safe Routes in Communities funding, will also be delivered this summer.

“Investment in our Highways continues to be a priority for the Council with the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19. This follows more than £20m investment in Highways and Transportation schemes in 2017/18, which is part of a wider investment of £91m over the past seven years.

“The safer routes project in Cwmaman will be focused on Glanaman Road and Mountain Road. It follows a £100,000 flood alleviation scheme at Glanaman Road which was carried out earlier this year, thanks to significant Welsh Government funding and a contribution through #RCTinvest.

“Works will begin shortly and I’m looking forward to seeing progress made to complete these improvements in time for the new school year in September.”

Posted on Tuesday 10th July 2018

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