More Than 530 People Sign Petition To Save Footbridge


Over 530 people have already backed a petition by Plaid Cymru councillors in Llanbradach to have a popular footbridge across the Rhymney Valley rail line repaired and reopened.

Ward councillors Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly Council, and Councillor Rob Gough have also written to James Price, Chief Executive of publicly- owned Transport for Wales (TfW) demanding its reopening.

 TfW has taken over ownership of the bridge from Network Rail  and local people fear they want to close the Llanbradach bridge permanently after it was damaged in an accident.

One resident who signed the petition added the following comment: “This bridge is important for the people of Llanbradach and is used by many people going up Colliery Road. To have to go under the bridge near the railway is extremely dangerous ,especially for children and families.”

Another wrote:” I am signing this petition as it gives safe access for my walk. Instead of risking my life with traffic under the railway bridge.”

Councillor  Colin Mann said: “The fact that more than 500 people have signed the petition in such a short time shows the strength of feeling among residents of Llanbradach.

“We must ensure this bridge is not lost to the community because it is well used and without it there would be a detour of half-a-mile for pedestrians.”

Councillor Rob Gough said that he believed the bridge could be prepared and residents felt the damage caused earlier this year was being used as an attempt by TfW to remove an ongoing maintenance liability.