The Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link is now open for the public to use following the completion of the new bridge crossing.
At 1.45pm on Friday, October 16, the link road between the A4059 and B4275 Miskin Road, using a new bridge over the River Cynon and Aberdare-Cardiff railway line, was brought into use. The major scheme delivers on a commitment made to residents in early 2017, and will improve traffic flow in and around Mountain Ash and on the A4059 arterial route through the Cynon Valley.
A small group of representatives from the Council and contractor Walters-Sisk Joint Venture were at the site on Friday afternoon for the opening. They included the Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, as well as Walters’ Regional Director (Wales) Nick Rolfe and Group Managing Director Huw Richards – who are both based in Hirwaun. Social distancing and the wearing of facemasks was adhered to at all times.
The project has progressed over four phases, with the first of these starting on Cardiff Road in October 2017. To enable the road opening on Friday, traffic lights at the bridge’s junction with Miskin Road were switched on – road users should be aware of this change.
Walters-Sisk will continue works on site, in the areas around the bridge, in the coming weeks while finishing other works. The existing lights at Mountain Ash town hall junction will be modified several times over the coming weeks to adjust to new traffic patterns.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “The opening of the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link will see a long term improvement to local traffic around Mountain Ash, and also along with wider A4059 route through the Cynon Valley. It is a scheme that the local community has wanted for some time, and today’s opening confirms the Council’s delivery on a commitment it made to residents.
“Investment in Rhondda Cynon Taf’s transport network is a key priority for this Council. The Cross Valley Link is one of a number of similar schemes we plan to deliver in the coming years – including the Llanharan Bypass, the A4059 dualling from Coed Ely to Ynysmaerdy and the Cynon Gateway North (Aberdare Bypass extension), all of which are being progressed by Officers.
“The Cross Valley Link has been jointly delivered with Welsh Government, and the Council has greatly welcomed the support it has received – and I’d like to thank contractor Walters-Sisk for delivering the work. Finally, thanks should also go to local residents, particularly those living in close proximity to the site, who have cooperated tremendously with the inevitable disruption of constructing a large structure like this. Residents will now benefit from the new link road, and the improvement in local connectivity it will bring.
“We are also working towards giving the Cross Valley Link a fitting new name with the help of the community. Earlier this year we asked for suggestions that reflect the history and culture of Mountain Ash, and around 140 local entries met this criteria. The next stage is for an independent panel to produce a final shortlist of three names, for the public to have a final vote on. The panel will meet as soon as possible when circumstances with the Coronavirus pandemic allow – and the Council will keep residents fully up-to-date with this process.”
Nick Rolfe, Walters, Regional Director of Wales, said “We are delighted that we have reached this major milestone on this vital project for the local community. The benefits of this scheme and the major improvements that will be derived from the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link for the residents and communities around Mountain Ash, as well as the wider benefits this scheme will bring to people travelling through the Cynon Valley, will now be realised.”
Posted on Friday 16th October 2020