Plans for a new Llanharan bypass have been revealed after a previous project was rejected last year as part of the Welsh Government’s roads review. The original project, which had strong local support, was one of 31 new road schemes culled by deputy climate change minister Lee Water, whose responsibilities include transport, last year.
This followed an assessment by the independent Roads Review Panel. Mr Waters rejected the projects on environmental and climate change grounds, as well as citing evidence that new roads over time also become congested through induced demand, reports Wales Online.
Following the setback Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has been working on a new road plan, which was presented to Mr Waters earlier this week. While a number of issues will still need to be worked through, the minister has responded positively.
In a written statement Mr Waters said: “In Llanharan, where the Roads Review panel concluded that the proposed bypass should not proceed, we are in detailed discussions on an alternative project, to be developed by Rhondda Cynon Taf in partnership with Transport for Wales.