Plaid Cymru welcomes funding for vital Caerphilly road scheme

24/03/2017

The Plaid Cymru group leader on Caerphilly council, Councillor Colin Mann has welcomed a Welsh Government decision to approve a £1.5m transport grant which will be used at the busy Pwllypant roundabout.

Council officers will now be working up  a detailed programme to improve the junction. The £1.5m is part of £2m award to the council for transport works.

Last year a Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru revealed that the £5.7m scheme to improve the Pwllypant/Cedar Tree roundabout (also known as the Corbetts roundabout) was on hold – even though £659,000 had already been spent on preparation works, including felling a host of trees.

Councillor Colin Mann, who represents Llanbradach ward, said: “I’m very pleased at the decision by the Welsh Government. I hope a contractor can be appointed in time to start construction works during this summer as was promised.

“Pwllypant is a major pinch­-point for drivers travelling south towards Cardiff, north up the Rhymney Valley or towards Newport.”

Councillor Gough added: “This scheme is vital to ease the congestion at busy times which can caused significant delays for motorists and the sooner the work starts the sooner congestion can be improved. It is a vital link for people living in the Rhymney Valley and beyond.”