Council to Consider Options on the Future of Transport in Dinas Powys
Options for a long-term solution to traffic congestion in Dinas Powys are to be considered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet later this month, following the publication of findings of the recent study into the issue.
The Stage 1 WelTAG (Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance) Dinas Powys Transport Network report, jointly funded by the Council and Welsh Government and prepared by Acadis Consulting Ltd, considers two solutions.
One is a ‘multi-modal’ approach that would link together short, medium and long term improvements to bus and rail services with new cycling and walking schemes and improvements to key road junctions.
The other is construction of a new bypass road to the south and east of Dinas Powys. For this option the report envisages a single carriageway link connecting Barry to the Merrie Harrier junction in Penarth.
The report states that while a bypass could potentially cut local journey times, significant junction improvements would be required to make any new road feasible and ‘active travel’ connections for walking and cycling would also have to be factored in.
The report also acknowledges that a ‘do minimum’ approach whereby the Council continues to use the funding it currently has available will not solve the underlying congestion problem.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Council, said:
“The perennial problem of congestion in Dinas Powys is finally getting the attention it deserves. This is an issue that I know matters greatly to local residents and one that local councillors are very keen to see addressed.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is determined to play its role in achieving this and both proposed options will now receive thorough scrutiny and more detailed plans for both will be compiled so that a final appraisal can take place.
What this report makes clear though is that no single organisation can deliver the solution that the area needs. This is why we will now seek to work closely with Welsh Government, local elected members and any other interested parties to identify the funding this project will need.”
Cllr Geoffrey Cox, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, said:
“This initial report tells us there are two possible solutions for the longstanding transport issues in Dinas Powys and the eastern Vale. The most eye-catching is certainly the proposal for a bypass. This, along with the multi-modal approach, is now under active consideration and I look forward to bringing a further more detailed report on both to Cabinet later this year.”
The Council’s cabinet will formally consider the options on 31 July 2017. View full report.