- start of construction of a major road project to reduce congestion and strengthen connections.
- A £30million boost to the local economy is expected and thousands of new jobs will be created
- £11.4million in Leveling Up UK government funding for the scheme, helping to level Wales, invest in local communities and improve infrastructure
Residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf are set to get a £30million boost to the local economy as work on a major upgrade to the A4119 begins today (August 15).
The scheme – backed by more than £11m from the UK Government’s Leveling Fund – will create a dual carriageway along a 1.5km route between the fire service headquarters roundabout and South Wales Rescue Station and the Coed-Ely Roundabout.
The road is a vital link to the M4 and the Rhondda Valleys, but is currently over capacity and congested, slowing residents’ journeys to work and visit family and friends. The new scheme is expected to reduce the average journey time along the A4119 between Ynys Maerdy and Coedely by over five minutes, a reduction of over 60%.
The planned works are also expected to support the creation of thousands of new jobs by improving access to Cardiff and key development sites such as Llantrisant Business Park, and generate around £30million for the local community, while that the government continues to stimulate local economies. across the UK and delivering better journeys to millions of people across the country.
A new pedestrian and cycle route will also be constructed along the west of the carriageway from the Coed-Ely roundabout to the Llantrisant business park, as well as a brand new bridge south of the Coed-Ely roundabout. Eely, encouraging more commuters to choose to walk. or ride a bike. It comes as the UK government is going further and faster than ever to make cycling safer, investing in new cycle paths and working with councils to provide top-notch cycling schemes accessible to all.
The new features are designed to improve air quality and reduce congestion for the community, as well as those who depend on the vital route to connect to Cardiff and the rest of South Wales.
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said:
Local programs like this will transform how communities travel and bring many benefits, from reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality to improving access to job opportunities and stimulating the local economy.
The £11.4 million we have provided for the A4119 will ensure future-proof connections to South Wales and the Rhondda Valleys for years to come.
£11.4million of the total cost of the scheme comes from the government’s £4.8billion leveling fund to improve everyday life across the UK, as announced by the Budget Chancellor.
The Fund empowers communities by putting money directly into the hands of councils, and in Northern Ireland to a range of public and private organisations, to invest in projects that give people pride in the places where they live.
Secretary of State for Leveling Greg Clark said:
Our upgrade program aims to ensure communities are better connected and people across the country have equal access to opportunity.
The new A4119 in Wales will boost the local economy, create jobs and improve local infrastructure for the people of Wales, demonstrating leveling in action and making a lasting difference for years to come. I am proud that almost half of this funding was provided by our Leveling Up Fund.
Secretary of State for Wales Robert Buckland said:
The UK Government is focused on leveling our communities, boosting the economy and increasing opportunity for people across Wales.
We have recently funded over 150 fantastic projects across the country, including this much-needed dual carriageway in the heart of South Wales, to help unlock the potential of all our local areas.
We will continue to provide investments where they are needed and where they can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Clr. Andrew Morgan OBE said:
The duplication system is a priority investment to significantly improve local connectivity with the strategic Rhondda Gateway region, improving traffic flow in this busy suburban area.
It will open the former mine site, Parc Coed-elái, which is the location of the Council’s new modern business unit, with the larger site being developed by the Welsh Government. The program will also improve the provision of active travel for the local community of Coed Ely.