Work to stabilise the damaged embankment at Ynysybwl Road in Glyn-coch is now complete – and final resurfacing of the road will take place under a series of night-time shifts (May 30 to June 2) to fully-complete the scheme.
The significant and complex scheme to stabilise the embankment beneath the B4273 was required following previous unauthorised land excavations, which removed support to the road above. The southbound lane of Ynysybwl Road and the footway nearest the embankment have been closed to ensure safety.
The main work to rectify the damage got underway in March 2023, and has included installing large sheet piles and soil nails to reinstate support to 25-metres of the embankment. Fencing around the repaired embankment area has also been completed recently – while kerbing work is currently ongoing.
In order to complete the overall scheme, final resurfacing of the road will be undertaken next week (May 30 to June 2). The traffic lights which have been in place at Ynysybwl Road are then anticipated to be removed on Monday, June 5, following white lining works to the road.
Road closures and bus arrangements for final resurfacing work
Resurfacing will take place from 7pm to 2am across four nights – between Tuesday, May 30, and Friday, June 2, (ending at 2am on Saturday, June 3). The work is scheduled at night to minimise traffic disruption locally, and the work hours intend to minimise disruption to residents living in the immediate vicinity. The work cannot be undertaken under a lane closure due to the limited width of the road.
Each night of work will require a road closure from 7pm to 2am at Ynysybwl Road, over 320-metres between the junction with Cefn Lane (near numbers 36/38 Glyncoch Terrace) and the car repair garage (Diamond Auto Repairs). Access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency service vehicles.
Access will also be provided for residents accessing Berwedd Dy Cottages from the southern end of the closure. The parking bays at the front of the properties on Glyn-coch Terrace will be unavailable from the morning of May 30 for the duration of the works.
A diversion route for motorists will be clearly signposted – via the B4273 (Ynysybwl Road, New Road, Robert Street, Clydach Road, Old Ynysybwl Road), Heol-y-Mynach, Pleasant View, Llanwonno Road, Hawthorn Terrace, Glamorgan Street, Abercynon Road, Penrhiwceiber Road, Southern Cross Valley Link, A4059, A470, Bridge Street, Gelliwastad Road, Sardis Road Gyratory, Berw Road and Ynysybwl Road (or this route in reverse order).
The late bus journeys via Adventure Group Travel Service 102, which usually stop at Cefn Lane near Craig yr Hesg Primary School, will be unable to run as usual. This will affect southbound services at 8.05pm, 9.05pm and 10.05pm, and northbound services at 7.04pm, 8.05pm, 9.05pm, 10.05pm and 11.36pm.
The Council will operate a free shuttle bus for southbound bus services from 7pm. This service will transport passengers from Glyn-coch and Ynysybwl, to the northern end of the road closure at Ynysybwl Road. Please see a link to the shuttle bus timetable here.
Northbound bus services will terminate at the southern end of the road closure at Ynsybwl Road. A smaller vehicle will be used so it can turn around, before heading southbound to Pontypridd. It will wait until the shuttle bus has returned from Glyn-coch and Ynysybwl, enabling residents to complete the connection to Pontypridd. This will make the usual journey times slightly later.
Stagecoach Service 25, which operates between Fernhill and Pontypridd via Ynysybwl and Glyn-coch, will also have temporary arrangements for the four road closures. It will operate via Fernhill, Cefnpennar, Perthcelyn and then to Pontypridd via the A470 – unable to serve Ynysybwl or Glyn-coch. Residents from these areas who wish to travel to Pontypridd should use Service 102 or the free shuttle bus, however there is no service running directly to and from Perthcelyn (from Ynysybwl or Glyn-coch) for the duration of the closures.
There is likely to be some unavoidable noise disruption to residents living in the immediate vicinity of the resurfacing works. The Council has obtained all appropriate licences for the upcoming activity at night, and the working hours (7pm-2am) aim to reduce the impact on residents as much as possible.
Thanks in advance to residents and road users for your continued patience and cooperation as the scheme progresses towards completion on June 5.
Posted on 26/05/2023