Repair scheme to the Rhondda Heritage Park retaining wall
Written by Gavin on 31st January 2023
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is set to start work on a repair scheme in Trehafod to rectify damaged sections of the Rhondda Heritage Park retaining wall – and the initial phase of work will begin at Trehafod Road from Monday.
The scheme comprises two phases of work, with the first starting on Monday, February 6, and the second following immediately on – currently estimated to begin in March 2023. Repairs are required to fix several sections of the wall that have become damaged over time. The Rhondda Heritage Park will remain open as usual throughout the works, and its access will be unaffected.
Phase One will repair the retaining wall adjacent to Trehafod Road over a six-week period, with the work including repointing sections of the wall as well as a masonry rebuild of a small section. These works will require a single lane closure and two-way traffic lights – estimated to last for the first four weeks.
Local residents have received a letter from the Council to explain the work and advise of the need to park elsewhere when the traffic lights are in use.
Phase Two includes significant masonry repairs to the section of the wall in the rear lane off the main road (where Trehafod Road meets Coedcae Road, opposite the turn off towards Cadwgan Terrace). This will last around seven weeks.
It will include a few small areas where the structure will be repointed, and a large rebuild across 40 metres of the wall – up to a height of 2.5 metres. This will require a closure of the rear lane, with minimal disruption to the main road.
Councillor Andrew Morgan OBE, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Investment, said:
“These works to the Rhondda Heritage Park retaining wall in Trehafod will repair several sections of the structure that have been damaged over time. It will be carried out in two phases to minimise disruption as much as possible – with the first works to the section next to Trehafod Road, starting on Monday, February 6.
“We are committed to providing funding to maintain and repair key structures that support our road network, and the Rhondda Heritage Park scheme is part of a pool of parks and countryside projects in the current Capital Programme.
“This is alongside the £5.65m allocated for highways structures, ensuring the Nant Cwm Parc Cantilever in Treorchy and phase one of the Imperial Bridge repairs in Porth were completed this year – while schemes like the Brook Street Footbridge replacement in Ystrad are entering their final stages. This is also separate to £6.4m funding for Storm Dennis structure repairs in 2022/23.
“The upcoming work in Trehafod will require two-way temporary traffic lights for the first four weeks, to ensure safety for the community and the workforce. The scheme will then move on to phase two, and although this comprises a much larger rebuild of the wall, its location in the rear lane will likely cause less disruption. I’d like to thank residents in advance for their cooperation, as we look to complete this repair scheme as quickly and efficiently as possible.”