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Safer routes scheme to be delivered in Cwmaman this summer

The Council will undertake Highways safety improvements in Cwmaman this summer for the benefit of the community – ahead of the new £7.2m Cwmaman Primary School opening in September.

The brand new school, currently being built off Glanaman Road, will welcome 3-11 pupils from Glynhafod Junior and Cwmaman Infants’ Schools at the start of the 2018/19 academic year. The project, funded through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, will provide first-class facilities to transform the education offer in the local area.

The wider development includes a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), staff car park, on-site pupil drop-off area, grass sports pitches, external pupil spaces, and a dedicated room for the use of local groups and the wider community.

During the school summer holiday, the project will also deliver £140,000 of Highway safety improvements in Cwmaman, at Glanaman Road and Mountain Road.

This safer routes for the community scheme will implement a 20mph zone for motorists on Glanaman Road, along with the installation of flat top road humps, footway widening and a new lay-by. The lay-by has already been constructed as part of the project, ahead of the majority of works taking place this summer.

Meanwhile, Mountain Road will benefit from a new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing near its junction with Prospect Place.

The project will be carried out while maintaining traffic flow in Cwmaman – however, to facilitate some aspects of the project, some residents might be asked to temporarily move their vehicles to allow for construction. Works will begin from mid-July 2018, and are due for completion by September 2018.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said:

“This is an exciting time for education across the County Borough as school facilities fit for the 21st Century are being delivered in Rhondda and Tonyrefail thanks to an £85m investment, along with a new £7.2m primary school for Cwmaman.

“Alongside the school projects, the Council is committed to improving Highways within our communities – with a specific focus on better routes to school for parents and pupils. Safer routes projects in Tonypandy, Tonyrefail, Treorchy and Cwmaman will take place this summer. Meanwhile, the second phase of a project in Porth, which has benefitted from Welsh Government Safe Routes in Communities funding, will also be delivered this summer.

“Investment in our Highways continues to be a priority for the Council with the £23.6m Highways Capital Programme for 2018/19. This follows more than £20m investment in Highways and Transportation schemes in 2017/18, which is part of a wider investment of £91m over the past seven years.

“The safer routes project in Cwmaman will be focused on Glanaman Road and Mountain Road. It follows a £100,000 flood alleviation scheme at Glanaman Road which was carried out earlier this year, thanks to significant Welsh Government funding and a contribution through #RCTinvest.

“Works will begin shortly and I’m looking forward to seeing progress made to complete these improvements in time for the new school year in September.”