When will work start on the Aberdare bypass? As Work begins on the A4119 Dualling Scheme

When will work start on the Aberdare bypass? As Work begins on the A4119 Dualling Scheme

Councillors back £30m Cynon Valley bypass plans but now it's up to Welsh Government to consider it



Works officially began on the A4119 Dualling scheme today, delivering on a long-term Council commitment which will improve connectivity and encourage economic activity into the valleys

The A4119 project will provide 1.5km of dual carriageway from Coed Ely Roundabout to Llantrisant Business Park. There will also be a new active travel bridge south of Coed Ely roundabout, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road from a new shared community route into the village.

The construction phase of the major scheme – to be delivered by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd. – is funded with £11.4m from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund, in addition to funding previously committed by the Council and Welsh Government.  

Cllr. Andrew Morgan OBE, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Investment, said:

“The dualling scheme is a priority investment to significantly improve local connectivity to the strategic Rhondda Gateway region, by improving traffic flow in this busy commuter area. It will unlock the former colliery site, Parc Coed-elái, which is the location of the Council’s new modern business unit, with the wider site being developed by Welsh Government. The scheme will also improve active travel provision for the local community at Coed Ely”.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up Greg Clark said:

“Our Levelling Up agenda is all about ensuring communities are better connected and people up and down the country have equal access to opportunities.

“The new A4119 in Wales will boost the local economy, create jobs and improve local infrastructure for the people of Wales, demonstrating levelling up in action and making a sustainable difference for years to come. I am proud that almost half of this funding has been provided by our Levelling Up Fund."

In order to deliver the scheme, there are some important changes to the traffic arrangements for motorists. However, to significantly minimise the disruption, please be aware that all necessary lane closures will be used at night, so the A4119 will maintain two-way traffic after 6am and before 9pm each day.

Traffic management required from August 15

A temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place on the A4119 in order to ensure safety – from Ely Meadow Roundabout to Ynysmaerdy Roundabout, north-westwards from Coed Ely roundabout for 1.25km, and between Coed Ely and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) roundabouts.

A temporary 30mph speed limit will be in place between Ynysmaerdy and the SWFRS roundabouts, and on all approaches to Coed Ely Roundabout. There will also be a temporary restriction on overtaking between the SWFRS roundabout to a point 1.25km north-west of Coed Ely Roundabout.

All of the temporary speed limits, and other arrangements for motorists, will be clearly signposted for those travelling through the works area.

Overnight working (9pm to 6am), required when necessary

The more disruptive works required to progress the scheme will be scheduled at night, to minimise disruption to residents and commuters. These will be timed between 9pm and 6am on the following day, with advanced warning signage put in place seven days before each night work shift begins.

A temporary 10mph speed limit will be required on occasion, from the Ely Meadow Roundabout to a point 1.25km north-west of Coed Ely Roundabout.

Temporary road closures will be required on limited instances, between the SWFRS and Coed Ely roundabouts. An alternative route will be available via the A4119 to Tonypandy Roundabout, A4058 to Pontypridd, A470 to Upper Boat, Tonteg Road, and route A473 via Talbot Green and Llantrisant. Access will be maintained for emergency services during these road closures.

Temporary footway closures and a temporary prohibition of cyclists, will be used when necessary, between Ynysmaerdy and Coed Ely roundabouts. An alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists is via Ynysallan Footbridge, Ynysmaerdy Terrace, the former railway line and Mynydd Garthmaelwg Road.

The Council would like to thank residents and road users for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming works, to deliver this major scheme.

Posted on 15/08/2022
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