The Council has announced the eight local schemes that will benefit from its Core Active Travel Fund allocation of £516,000 in 2019/20, following confirmation by Welsh Government.
During May 2019, Welsh Government announced a £3.093m Local Transport Fund package for Highways and Transportation schemes across the County Borough this year. It included £1.086m funding for Active Travel Strategic and Local Schemes, and a £516,000 allocation from the Core Active Travel Fund.
The Council was required to submit further detail following the initial Core Active Travel Fund allocation and, on June 21, Welsh Government confirmed that eight schemes have now been supported. These schemes are identified in the Council’s Integrated Network Map, which sets out the Council’s aspirations and improvements to the Active Travel network. These include:
- Cynon Trail – the completion of design works to upgrade sections of the existing route to meet Active Travel standards, and create a new section to ensure there is a continuous route along the Cynon Valley.
- Talbot Green to Llanharan – design work for a new Active Travel route, which would provide a new link between the two communities.
- Treforest Industrial Estate – Feasibility work for a new route from the Church Village Community Route to the industrial estate, with links from Upper Boat.
- Rhondda Fawr – progressing the design of Active Travel improvements within this valley.
- Links to Church Village – undertaking feasibility and design for a new potential Active Travel provision in the area, linking to existing routes.
- Taff Trail – design and minor infrastructure works along the existing route, which will ensure it meets Active Travel standards.
- Gelligaled Park – improving Active Travel provision within the park.
- Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel – continuing feasibility work for the potential scheme, which could create a new Active Travel route from Abernant to Merthyr.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I welcome Welsh Government’s £1.6m support for local Active Travel schemes, within its £3m allocation to Rhondda Cynon Taf from its Local Transport Fund. It has now confirmed that eight schemes will be supported by the £516,000 Core Active Travel Fund, which Officers will progress throughout the current financial year.
“The Council fully-supports increasing Active Travel provision across the County Borough. Following a consultation with residents during 2017, an Integrated Network Map detailing the proposed Active Travel routes which the Local Authority proposes to deliver over the next 15 years was submitted to Welsh Government. The final version was approved by Welsh Government in February 2018, and is available for residents to view on the Council’s website.
“Opportunities to maximise cycling and walking provision into our Highways improvement schemes, delivered through #RCTinvest, are always considered – and creating new Active Travel provision, through schemes such as the popular Llantrisant Community Route, are also being fully explored.
“The latest Welsh Government funding has earmarked further investment for ongoing feasibility works at the Abernant to Merthyr Tunnel, which could provide a major Active Travel provision in the future. The Council continues to pursue all funding opportunities for this scheme, along with the Rhondda Tunnel project.”
Posted on Friday 28th June 2019