Cabinet has agreed the Council’s Supplementary Capital Programme for Highways, Transportation and Strategic Projects for the next year – allocating more than £23.6m to the service for 2018/19.
A report to Cabinet on Thursday, March 22, outlined significant allocations for Highways Technical Services (£11.77m) and Strategic Projects (£11.89m) as part of the 2018/19 Capital Programme, as the Council continues to enhance the County Borough’s Highways network while ensuring it is protected in the long-term. In 2017/18, the Council invested almost £20m in Highways and Transportation Schemes, while securing external investment where possible.
The 2018/19 allocation for Highways Technical Services includes funding for carriageway surfacing and treatment (£3.1m), footway repairs (£0.7m), street lighting (£0.25m) and car park upgrades (£0.1m). A significant allocation of £7.39m – including £5.19m of previously-identified funding – is outlined for major projects to future-proof Highway structures, to be delivered in 2018/19.
This includes schemes at Brook Street footbridge in Ystrad, St Alban’s bridge in Tynewydd, Pont-rhondda road bridge in Llwynypia, Penrhys Road retaining wall, Pontypridd Road river wall in Porth, Aberaman bridge repairs (Phase 2), Llewellyn Street river wall in Pontygwaith, Pontyclun highway bridge, William Edwards bridge in Pontypridd, Heol Miskin retaining wall, Heol Gwrangron bridge in Rhigos and Hopkinstown River Wall.
The allocation for Strategic Projects includes previously-agreed funding to progress the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link (£5.05m), Llanharan Bypass (£1m) and A4119 dualling from Coedely to Ynysmaerdy (£1m), as well as the design and construction of Tonypandy Town Centre improvements (£1.5m).
An allocation of £0.075m is also included for design and development work for Phase 2 of the Llantrisant Community Route, while a further £1.4m has been allocated to the Park and Ride Programme, to improve capacity at railway station car parks. This includes progressing second phases of works at Pontyclun (£0.4m), Porth (£0.6m) and Abercynon (£0.4m) during 2018/19.
Finally, £1m is allocated to further support the Making Better Use Programme, established in 2016/17 to identify ‘low-cost high-value’ Highway improvements. An allocation of £0.1m will extend works carried out in Porth during 2017/18, as part of Safer Routes in the Community scheme.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Cabinet Members have agreed the Council’s Supplementary Capital Programme for 2018/19, ensuring continued significant investment in our Highways network – building upon the momentum already created in recent years through #RCTinvest.
“In 2017/18, almost £20m was invested in Highways and Transportation Schemes by the Council, and the now-agreed 2018/19 programme will ensure we have another busy year ahead in order to further improve and future-proof our Highways Network, which is one of the Council’s most significant assets.
“The programme includes £11.77m funding to directly benefit our Highways – to continue to improve and protect the fabric of our network and deal with the impact of winter weather. The £11.89m allocated for Strategic Projects will see further progress in delivering a range of larger schemes to improve connectivity and economic activity – including our flagship Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link, Llanharan Bypass and A4119 dualling schemes.
“The 2018/19 Programme allows us to continue to be proactive in pursuing external investment to help deliver local schemes – at which we were very successful during 2017/18. Looking forward, the Council has been invited to submit further bids for Welsh Government grants related to Road Safety, Safe Routes in the Community, Local Transport Network Fund and Local Transport Fund, which will complement to the now-agreed 2018/19 Capital Programme.”
The report to Cabinet, including the full 2018/19 Programme, is available at: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Council/CouncillorsCommitteesandMeetings/Meetings/Cabinet/2018/03/22/Reports/AgendaItem11HighwaysCapitalProgramme.pdf
Posted on Friday 23rd March 2018