The Council’s three-year £23.5m ‘accelerated funding’ for road maintenance has started – and around 30 repair and resurfacing schemes will shortly begin, utilising the Council’s internal workforce and two appointed contractors.
During October 2018, Cabinet agreed the significant investment for 2019/20 to 2021/22, which started on April 1, 2019. The funding package will add to more than £28m of investment to maintain County Borough roads since the Highways Investment Scheme (HIS) began in 2011/12. Identified defects on local roads dropped from more than 10,000 in 2011/12, to less than 5,000 in 2017/18.
Since the £23.5m programme started on April 1, the Council’s depot staff have completed road surfacing schemes at Brook Street and Hermon Street in Treorchy – with a number of other schemes also scheduled for this month, including at Regent Street and Rees Street in Treorchy, and Francis Street in Tonyrefail.
In April, footway schemes will be completed by the Council’s depot staff at Cerdin Avenue in Pontyclun, Kenry Street in Tonypandy and Ty Isaf Road in Gelli. This month will see the Council start new footway projects at Nythbran Terrace in Porth, Park Lane in Groesfaen and Heol Pen y Parc in Llantrisant.
The Council has also recently appointed contractors Hanson and ERH to undertake larger, more complex repair and maintenance schemes – which will be run alongside those carried out by the Council’s depot staff. These contracts will ensure the Council has additional resources from early May 2019, when it is anticipated around 30 resurfacing and repair projects will be ongoing in total.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Last year, Cabinet agreed significant additional investment to continue the Council’s ‘accelerated funding’ approach to road maintenance and repair – which will see a £23.5m package delivered over the next three years.
“Seven years of investment following the HIS starting in 2010/11 saw the number of defects on our roads halve – which not only improves the condition of our roads for residents and road users, but also reduces maintenance costs and insurance claims against the Council. In total, 16.2% of A roads required maintenance seven years ago, compared to 5.2% last year.
“From April 1, the new programme started to be delivered, and a number of local carriageway and footway schemes are now underway or scheduled to begin very shortly. They will be joined, in May 2019, by schemes being carried out by two recently-appointed contractors – which will increase our resources and see around 30 schemes ongoing at one time to improve local roads."
Posted on Thursday 11th April 2019