As part of the Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre Regeneration Programme, a new road system is being developed to improve access into the town.
The River Taff Central Link is a new one-way road system connecting the College@Merthyr with Avenue de Clichy and the town centre. Incorporating two lanes of one-way traffic, it includes a new bridge across the River Taff to the south of Swan Street.
Many of the existing traffic lights will be removed, ensuring a constant flow of traffic, while footpaths will be improved to enable pedestrians to enjoy a pleasant riverside environment. A new plaza area in front of the new college building will be included in the scheme.
With the growth of the College and the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall, the new road system will be able to cater for an increase in visitors to the town. It will improve access to Swan Street and open up additional areas for development on College Road.
Work will begin in Summer 2013 and will last approximately 18 months with completion due in March 2015.
The development will see substantial disruptions, including lane closures and some road closures. The college car park will also be affected but work is being phased to ensure that the new multi-storey car park off Castle Street will be available by this time.
A consultation event took place on 6th February for the residents of Caedraw, which provided the opportunity for the residents to view the plans and information available and to ask the Council’s Regeneration Team questions on the River Taff Central Link and other aspects of the Regeneration Programme.
There was positive feedback, including: " If we continue to improve our town as you plan, Merthyr Tydfil will be a good tourist area. It will be a pleaseure to live and visit. The improvement is greatly needed."
"Very much looking forward to the changes in town" said another resident.
Councillor David Jones, Cabinet Member for Customer Services (Technical and Environmnetal Services) said: "I am delighted with the outcome of the consultation event; we had a very good turnout from Caedraw Residents who have taken a great interest in the scheme and the reasons behind it. The River Taff Central Link will improve access to the town centre and opens up further opportunities for its future development."
If you have any questions, or want more information, you can:
- Call into the Regeneration Information Shop in Wheatsheaf Lane (near the bus station and next to the Tourist Information Centre) which is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm
- Telephone 01685 727491
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the council’s website - www.merthyr.gov.uk