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Retaining wall repairs at A4054 Cardiff Road in Treforest

Written by on 21st October 2020

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has started work to repair and rebuild sections of retaining wall at A4054 Cardiff Road in Treforest following damage caused by Storm Dennis – and the current traffic lights will be removed when complete next month.

Sections of the wall, along the River Taff near Castle Inn Footbridge, were damaged by the unprecedented weather in February 2020 – and temporary traffic lights have been in place at Cardiff Road since, to ensure safety.

The repairs are scheduled across two phases of work – the first of these, to carry out scour repairs, started on Monday, October 19. The Council has appointed Kaymac Marine & Civil Engineering Ltd as the contractor to carry out this work, which will last up to two weeks, subject to good weather.

The second phase of work will see the collapsed section of wall rebuilt by contractor Hammond Civil Engineering Ltd. This is expected to start in early November and last around three weeks. Once complete, the temporary traffic lights will be removed and Cardiff Road will be re-opened for two-way traffic. Work across both phases will adhere to the latest social distancing guidance.

Please note, the nearby Castle Inn Footbridge remains closed to ensure the safety of the public, following the significant damage it sustained during Storm Dennis. The Council will provide an update to residents in the near future.

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said: “I’m pleased work is now underway to carry out scour repairs and rebuild damaged sections of the retaining wall along the River Taff at Cardiff Road. Residents will see works activity over the coming weeks with the scheme carried out in two phases – scheduled for completion by the end of November.

“Storm Dennis brought unprecedented weather and caused significant damage to infrastructure at a number of locations in the County Borough. Important schemes to repair damaged structures have progressed in recent months – including retaining wall repairs at Ynysybwl Road and Blaen-y-Cwm Road, while work has recently been completed at Station Street in Treherbert.

“Preparations are also ongoing at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd to repair the Marks and Spencer Bridge over the coming months, while specialist

surveys at Castell Ifor Bridge in Treforest and the White Bridge in Pontypridd are under review. The Council is committed to repairing or replacing both of these damaged bridges, and will provide an update to residents in due course.

“The upcoming retaining wall repairs at Cardiff Road in Treforest will allow the current traffic lights, which have been in place since February, to be removed upon completion. The Council will work with the contractors for each phase of work to ensure good progress is made with as minimal disruption as possible.”