Additional funding of £1.18m for 2019/20 has been awarded to the Council through Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund, for a number of targeted schemes across the County Borough.
The extra funding, which was confirmed to the Council by Welsh Government on Thursday, November 7, brings the Council’s total allocation from the Active Travel Fund in the current financial year to £2.78m.
Extra funding has now been allocated to the Brook Street active travel footbridge in Ystrad Rhondda, along with future potential projects in Abercynon and Llantrisant town centres. The Council has recently completed local consultation exercises within these communities, and has received initial feedback on each proposal.
New funding is also allocated to improve the Active Travel provision on the Cynon Trail and Taff Trail (enhancements/barrier and path upgrades), the Church Village Bypass Community Route, within Gelligaled Park (path improvements) and from Talbot Green to Llanharan (detailed design).
The additional investment also includes new or upgraded pedestrian crossings at four locations – the A4059 in Mountain Ash, the B4275 in Penrhiwceiber, the B4278 Brithweunydd Road in Trealaw and at Holly Street in Rhydyfelin.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “I’m very pleased that the Council has been awarded an additional £1.18m through the Active Travel Fund this year. Securing external funding of this nature – to increase and improve pedestrian and cycle provision in local communities – is very important, to complement the Council’s own significant investment through #RCTinvest.
“The Council is fully-supportive of Active Travel and its 15-year plan, outlined in our Integrated Network Plan, which has been approved by Welsh Government. The Council is committed to maximising the pedestrian and cycle provision across all of its major projects, while undertaking important community improvement schemes aimed at promoting walking and cycling activity.”
Posted on Friday 15th November 2019