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Streetlight upgrades on A468 Caerphilly Road during August

Streetlights on Nantgarw Hill will be replaced

Major work to replace 26 streetlights on Nantgarw Hill throughout August will begin next week, requiring day-time closures of one lane in each direction – outside of peak times and in the school holiday to minimise disruption. 

The scheme, from Monday, August 1, will take place on the A468 Caerphilly Road – from the first set of traffic lights north-east of the A470, past GE Aviation, to the next roundabout in the direction of Caerphilly. The work will take place from 9.30am to 3.30pm (Monday to Friday) for up to four weeks. The outside lanes of the dual carriageway will close during the work hours.

The work is essential because the existing street lighting is beyond its design life. Extensive corrosion has been identified to the posts and brackets, and it could become a risk if this repair and replacement scheme is not undertaken.

The required lane closures could create traffic congestion on Nantgarw Hill, and potentially on the surrounding highway network. The Council cannot carry out the scheme entirely at night due to the significant number of residential properties nearby. However, limited individual night shifts may be utilised. Advanced signage notifying motorists of the work has been put in place.

Roger Waters, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Director, Frontline Services, said: “This upcoming scheme at Nantgarw Hill will carry out important work to replace 26 streetlighting columns over a significant stretch of road either side of GE Aviation. It is being delivered within the Council’s annual streetlighting renewal programme, with £200,000 identified for targeted work in 2022/23. All of the Council’s streetlights were upgraded to LED in recent years, to reduce energy consumption as a contribution to our Climate Change commitments.

“The work at Nantgarw Hill from August 1 is scheduled outside of the morning and evening rush hour periods to minimise disruption to commuters – while also taking place in the school summer holiday when there are fewer vehicles using the road. However, there is a likelihood of unavoidable disruption during work hours, when the road is reduced to a single carriageway. I’d like to thank residents and road users in advance for their cooperation during the work.”

This scheme follows similar work to replace several streetlighting columns at Abercynon Road in Glyn-coch, which was completed from July 25-26.

Posted on 29/07/2022