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Significant junction improvements delivered in Talbot Green

The Council has delivered improvements to the A473/A4222 Cowbridge Road junction in Talbot Green, which has made traffic flow more efficient and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.

In March 2018, the Council carried out significant £180,000 improvements at the junction – which is known locally as Leekes Lights, and sits in a busy commuter area on the boundary between the Talbot Green and Pontyclun electoral wards. The scheme was wholly funded by the Welsh Government.

Works included the replacement of the traffic signals, in order to introduce a more efficient technology system to improve traffic flow. The new signals have been installed with Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) technology, to manage the signal timings in response to changing traffic flows.

Following implementation of the scheme, the Council carried out further adjustments to the traffic signals during May 2018.

As part of the wider works, the junction has also benefitted from improved pedestrian crossing and cycling facilities, in accordance with Welsh Government guidance in relation to Active Travel.

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

“Improving our road network, including in busy commuter areas such as Talbot Green, continues to be a priority for this Council. The works at the Leekes Lights followed the Council’s multi-million pound scheme to improve the capacity of the Talbot Green Roundabout nearby, completed last summer.

“The latest scheme was entirely funded by the Welsh Government, as the Council continues to secure welcome external investment to complement its own significant funding for Highway and Transportation schemes through #RCTinvest – which was more than £20m last year. The Council has also recently been informed it has secured £2.67m from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund for Highway schemes in 2018/19.

“The works at the Leekes Lights have improved traffic flow at the junction for the benefit of road users. This includes people using local bus services in this busy area, which serves the A473 and access to the M4. Enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists were also an important part of the project.”