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The Council will shortly begin construction work on Phase 2 of the Llantrisant Community Route, to create a pedestrian and cycle path through Cross Inn – linking to the Church Village Bypass Community Route.

The existing mile-long Llantrisant Community Route – from Cowbridge Road in Talbot Green to Westfield Court in Cross Inn – has proven popular since it opened in December 2017. The project removed the disused railway line running parallel to the A473, to significantly improve Active Travel provision.

Phase 2 will see the Community Route extended through Cross Inn – from Westfield Court in the west, to the northernmost point of Main Road to the east. Here, it will meet the Church Village Bypass Community Route, a 6km path from Cross Inn to Tonteg forming part of the National Cycle Network.

Work will begin on site in Cross Inn during the week commencing Monday, September 16, with the scheme scheduled for completion in December 2019. The £748,000 scheme is benefitting from full Welsh Government funding.

The work includes vegetation and site clearance on the entire route, which runs along the alignment of the former railway line. Fencing will be erected along the route’s boundary, while the scheme also includes construction of the pathway itself, bridge works, and the installation of bins, signage and gates.

The majority of work will be completed with no disruption to the community – however, a road closure is required for a bridge deck replacement as part of the scheme. Further details on this will be confirmed in due course.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The upcoming extension of the Llantrisant Community Route will mean there is a dedicated Active Travel Route from Tonteg to Talbot Green – across the two phases of the Llantrisant Community Route and the Church Village Bypass Community Route. Work begins on September 16, and will be completed later this year.

“The Council is committed to increasing Active Travel provision across Rhondda Cynon Taf – not only through dedicated schemes like this, but also by ensuring pedestrian and cycle provision is included within the design of its Highways improvements. The Council’s Integrated Network Map outlining its Active Travel plans over the next 15 years is approved by Welsh Government – and this is available for residents to view on the Council’s website.

“The Council has welcomed full funding for this scheme from Welsh Government, as we continue to pursue important external investment to complement our own significant funding for Highways, as a priority area through #RCTinvest. The £25.9m Highways Capital Programme for 2019/20 has followed a £23.6m investment in the service area last year.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the Llantrisant Community Route Phase 2 making good progress over the coming weeks and months, to deliver this important Active Travel scheme for the benefit of the local community.”

Posted on Monday 9th September 2019