Road Safety update

On 18 January 2019, a third meeting was held between Radyr and Morganstown Community Council and Paul Carter, the Head of Transportation at Cardiff Council, to discuss road safety.

In November, Radyr and Morganstown Community Council submitted its response to Cardiff Council’s proposed layout for highway improvements in Radyr and Morganstown. This included a twenty point action plan.

This is what Cardiff Council told the Community Council at the most recent meeting:

  • they agreed with all of the twenty action points proposed by Radyr and Morganstown Community Council in its response, apart from one. They did not feel that significant work could be undertaken to ease passage for motorists living to the east and west of Heol Isaf and Ty Nant Road as they seek to turn left and right onto those roads. The main problem would be the cost of installing, for instance, traffic lights. In the meantime, the introduction of a 20mph zone should make it easier and safer for motorists facing these manoeuvres.
  • the process for installing tabled zebra crossings at Morganstown, Min-y-Coed and Radyr Health Centre would begin in February 2019. The full process involves numerous stages (see annex A), from a topographical survey, through public consultation, to detailed design, traffic regulation orders, tendering and agreeing contracts. All of this should lead to construction starting no later than February / March 2020.
  • a similar process would be followed with regard to installing a 20mph zone for Radyr and Morganstown – although construction of this could begin no later than January 2020. Gateways for the zone would be constructed, which would include dragon’s teeth road markings on a red road surface
  • Cardiff Council is proposing to close Golf Club Lane to traffic. The reasons for doing so include preventing more traffic using Bryn Derwen as a rat-run when traffic calming measures are installed along Heol Isaf and Ty Nant Road.
  • the risks associated with the junction of De Clare Drive and King’s Road would be considered as part of future works to be undertaken at the station site (including a possible Next Bikes station and an extension of the line to Coryton).
  • Cardiff Council were considering where in R&M to instal Next Bikes stations. There could be several of these installed – and some could be electric, given the steep topography of the area.
  • Cardiff Council continues to discuss rail ticket pricing with Transport for Wales, to remove the incentive to catch trains from Radyr rather than Taffs Well.
  • Cardiff explained that South Wales Police would be working with other agencies (including Cardiff Council and the Trading Standard Agency) to monitor HGV traffic through R&M – and taking enforcement action as necessary. R&MCC agreed to check with Taff Vale Quarry whether or not signage at the exit from the quarry advised drivers not to travel through R&M.
  • Radyr and Morganstown Community Council should continue, in future, to press for implementation of its action points