Footbridge Will Be Built – But It Could Take 2 Years, Plaid Councillors Told

22/06/2020

Transport for Wales (TfW)  has pledged to replace a Llanbradach footbridge – damaged in a road accident – but say it could take up to two years.

They told Plaid Cymru ward councillor Colin Mann, who with fellow ward member, Rob Gough, have been campaigning for an early replacement of the Tynygraig footbridge.

Councillor  Colin Mann said: “We will be pressing Transport for Wales to make speedy progress to replace this vital link for local residents. We want to see the preparation work started quickly, so the time without the bridge is kept to an absolute minimum.”

Fellow ward councillor Rob Gough added: “As far as I’m concerned taking two years to replace the footbridge is far too long. It’s not as if they have to design a massive structure like on a busy main road. They are only replacing a small footbridge.”

In his letter James Price, TfW chief executive, said: “ I understand the inconvenience caused by the temporary loss of the footbridge and empathise with the local community. I would like to thank the community for their patience during the works to remove the unsafe structure, and I reiterate our previous commitment to reinstating a safe crossing as soon as we can.

“We will do all we can to expedite installation of the structure, but it is extremely difficult to accurately predict a timeline given the significant unknowns we face due to COVID-19. A typical footbridge replacement takes between 12 and 24 months. It involves many stages, including consultations, site investigations, preliminary and detailed design, materials procurement, fabrication, enabling works and, finally,installation.

“The pandemic has not only changed the way our teams work but has also had animpact on the supply chain and the lead-in times for materials. We are working to produce an indicative programme and my team will be in touch to share this with you when it is available.”