The Council has received around 500 survey responses as residents gave excellent feedback during the Llanharan Bypass consultation – with 95% of written submissions supporting the scheme.

From Friday, March 29, residents have been able to view the plans for the major transportation scheme, and have their say, at public exhibitions or on the Council’s website.

The proposed bypass to the south of Llanharan is split into three development sections – as indicated on the map. The western section was built off the roundabout by Dragon Studios as part of the Llanilid Development, while the middle section will be constructed by a housing developer before the occupation of the 801st house (of 1,840).

The eastern section is being developed by the Council, which will connect to the middle section at the southern end of Enterprise Way, and extend to the A473 to a point east of Llanharan. Two proposals for this point have been outlined at either side of Llanharan Service Station. The proposed road will be single carriageway, with a shared walking/cycling community route alongside.

The consultation included two public exhibitions at Llanharan Miners’ Welfare Hall (March 29) and Bryncae Community Centre (April 5) – which were very well attended with more than 450 people participating across both events.

In total, 339 written responses and 158 online surveys were completed by members of the public (up until Monday, April 8). The plans will remain on the Council’s website so residents can continue to have their say. Officers will now analyse the 497 responses – along with any further submissions.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Llanharan Bypass consultation has had an excellent response by members of the public – both in terms of the number of people taking the opportunity to have their say, and the very positive feedback received in support of this future project.

“Around 500 responses were received by the Council and more than 450 people attended across the two public exhibitions – where they could speak to Officers and ask any questions about the proposals. The feedback received will now be analysed, and used to shape the ongoing design process.

“The Council had committed to delivering this scheme, which will help to take traffic out of Llanharan and create new opportunities for active travel. The benefit of easing congestion through Llanharan means traffic can flow more easily, and this is particularly important for buses. When we delivered Church Village Bypass, the communities along the old A473 benefitted from a huge reduction in congestion which led to a significant increase in the number of bus services serving the communities – because journey times were quicker and more consistent.

“The Council has also recently undertaken a similar consultation for the A4119 dualling scheme at Coedely/Ynysmaerdy – and both projects continue be progressed by Officers for delivery in future financial years. Another major Highways scheme, the Cross Valley Link at Mountain Ash, continues to make progress on site as we look to deliver it later this year.

“Funding for transport improvements continues to be a priority through #RCTinvest, as the £25.9m Capital Programme for 2019/20 has followed the £23.6m funding for the service last year – as we aim to maintain, improve and ultimately future-proof Rhondda Cynon Taf’s transport network through strategic investment.”

The Llanharan Bypass project is currently joint-funded by the Council through #RCTinvest, and the Welsh Government through its Local Transport Fund.

The Council continues to develop a business case in accordance with Welsh Government guidance. Ecological and topographical surveys have started on site, while traffic survey works have been completed.

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2019

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