Llanharan bypass 3

Significant ground investigations will shortly get underway as an important part of the design phase for the future Llanharan Bypass scheme.

During September 2019, Cabinet Members agreed a final route for the highway scheme – informed by a public consultation in early 2019, which included exhibitions in Llanharan and Bryncae. Members agreed to one of the two proposed routes for the eastern section of the bypass.

The eastern section of the bypass will be 1.6km in length, and will include a shared walking/cycling route alongside it, to improve Active Travel provision.

In the week commencing October 14, extensive ground investigations will take place on site, to further inform the bypass design. This process is programmed to last up to eight weeks, and is not anticipated to cause any disruption to residents.

The Council has appointed contractor Quantum to access the land and undertake bore holes, trial trenches and trial pits. This activity will gather relevant geotechnical data, required for the next design phase of this scheme.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Llanharan Bypass is an important highways scheme which this Council has previously committed to delivering. The new road will improve local Active Travel provision and connectivity to the M4 – while also serving the significant housing developments which are planned locally.

“The bypass will also reduce traffic congestion currently experienced at peak travel times in nearby communities – with residents in Dolau, Bryncae and Llanharan set to benefit from reduced journey times.

“Cabinet’s decision to agree the bypass route was a major landmark for the scheme, and I’m pleased that it is being quickly followed by significant ground investigations on site. This will inform the scheme’s ongoing design phase, as Officers work towards submitting a planning application next year.”

Posted on Thursday 10th October 2019