Additional £1.5m funding for the Council’s A4119 dualling scheme has been proposed by Cabinet – and it follows a public consultation where almost 200 people took part, and 80% of written responses supported the scheme.
On February 14, Cabinet agreed to propose to Full Council (in March 2019) a £170m Capital Programme for the next three years, to deliver significant investment for key #RCTinvest priorities. A report to Members highlighted £13.1m funding for identified schemes, including £1.5m for the A4119 dualling which, if agreed, would bring the project’s total current funding to £4.58m.
The major scheme will see 1.3km of the A4119 dualled from Llantrisant Business Park to Coedely Roundabouts, to improve traffic flow at peak times.
Thursday’s Cabinet meeting followed a week-long opportunity, starting on Monday, February 4, for residents to find out more and have their say on the scheme. Public exhibitions were held in Coedely and Ynysmaerdy, while residents could also view the plans and have their say online. The plans will remain on the Council’s website so residents can continue to have their say.
In June 2018, Cabinet approved proposals to progress the project, and the Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance (WelTAG) Stages 1 and 2 are complete. The public exhibitions formed part of the scheme’s ongoing detailed design phase, while land purchase also continues.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “Cabinet Members have agreed to put forward a proposal to allocate an extra £1.5m funding towards the A4119 Ely Valley Road dualling scheme, which is a major project the Council is committed to delivering in a future financial year. The funding is part of £13.1m set aside for identified schemes as part of a wider £170m Capital Programme, which Full Council will now consider in March 2019.
“This funding proposal comes shortly after a successful consultation period for the scheme, from February 4. Officers held two public exhibitions in the community, while the plans remain available to view on the Council’s website. The feedback received will be considered as the project continues to be shaped in the current design phase. Initial feedback from Officers is that there is large support for this scheme, to alleviate traffic congestion at peak times.
"These are exciting times for the A4119 dualling project, and more than £4.5m has now been allocated to the scheme – which also received £434,000 Welsh Government funding in December 2018 as part of the Local Transport Fund. The funding allocated to the scheme, along with the support received, should re-iterate to residents the Council’s commitment to deliver this scheme.”
Posted on Thursday 14th February 2019