Local Road and Footway Improvements in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Since April, 98 highway improvement schemes have been completed by Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, worth a total of £6.3m; with a further 84 schemes to be delivered by March 2020.
An report to the council’s Cabinet on 17 October, outlined the progress made since the three-year £23.5m package for highways maintenance, covering the period 2019-22, began on 1 April, 2019.
The capital programme, agreed by Full Council in March 2019, ensures the fabric of the highways network in protected and is a proactive approach aimed at avoiding expensive repairs when roads are left to reach the end of their design life. It is therefore a cost-effective option in the long term, ensuring communities benefit from better roads and footways.
A total of 77 carriageway maintenance and 21 footway schemes have been completed since 1 April, worth a combined total of £6.3m. The Cabinet report also outlined 84 further schemes, worth £5.84m, for completion in this financial year, due to the excellent progress to date; ranging from traditional surfacing improvements to surface treatments and footway works,
The report also adds that, as a result of the Council’s continued investment over the past eight years, the percentage of the County Borough’s roads requiring maintenance has significantly reduced. For A-class roads, this has dropped from 16.2% to 4.9% since 2010/11, with a similar pattern seen for all roads, resulting in the total figure dropping from 15.7% to 4.8% during this period.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said, “The report to Cabinet Members on Thursday showed the very good progress made in delivering the Highways Maintenance investment for the first half of this year. The total three-year investment is £23.5m, and almost 100 schemes with a combined worth of £6.3m have been delivered since April 2019 alone.
“The enhanced level of investment will not only improve local carriageways and footways for the benefit of road users and pedestrians, but it is also a proactive and cost-effective approach – considering the reduced number of road repairs and claims against the Council that are anticipated as a result of these improvement schemes.
“This highways maintenance investment is being delivered alongside the wider £25.9m Capital Programme for Highways and Transportation schemes in 2019/20 – following a £23.6m investment in the service last year.
“Thursday’s report also details a further £5.84m worth of schemes to be completed in 2019/20. This level of highways maintenance is very high in comparison to most other Councils in Wales, as we aim to continue to reduce the indicators relating to the percentage of local roads requiring maintenance.”