Many of you will know that we celebrated the arrival of the Christmas season with events at the Sidings, the Granny Park and on Station Road.
Our thanks go to the Radyr and Morganstown Association for all their hard work in putting on a great show on Friday for the lighting of Station Road, and to our assistant clerk, Julie Hopkins and Cllr Helen Lloyd Jones for arranging the Christmas trees and the carols at Windsor Gardens, the Granny Park and the Sidings.
And a huge thank you to the children of Ysgol Gwaelod-y-Garth for singing at the Granny Park; to Radyr Comprehensive School pupils for their performance at the Sidings - and the children of Radyr and Bryn Deri Primary Schools for singing at Windsor Gardens.
And here is a message to all of you from all of us at Radyr and Morganstown Community Council!
Transport for Wales are currently managing the reissue of free bus passes across Wales
Here’s an update on the renewal programme TfW is managing on behalf of all 22 local councils in Wales.
There are currently around 750,000 bus passes in Wales and the current green coloured cards will expire on 31 December 2019 and not be accepted on buses. Since September TfW has been raising awareness of the changes, and already they have received 450,000 applications. With the deadline now fast approaching they are keen to promote the changes as much as possible to ensure they reach as many people as possible and provide time for people to reapply and receive their new-style cards before the end of the year.
Cardholders can either reapply online at www.tfw.wales/travelcards or by paper, which they can download via the TfW website or pick up a copy from their local council. They can also request a copy in the post by calling the helpline on 0300 303 4240.
The new cards offer the same travel benefits for 60s and over and eligible disabled persons.
There are also ‘How to videos’ available here (in English) and here in (Welsh)
Residents living in, or near, Llantarnam Drive and Pilgrim Close may be wondering what might be the cause of the sound of heavy machinery heard recently.
Plasdwr inform us that this is as a result of an archaeological survey being undertaken on land that will be part of Phase 2 of the Plasdwr development. These surveys are undertaken before parcels of land are put out to tender, for developers to bid to build housing on the land. In this way, developers can avoid the problem of discovering an ancient fort (for instance) halfway through building works.
Phase 2 will begin during 2020 - and is predicted to take five years to complete.
The following plan shows the extent of Phase 2 - along with the predicted timings of every other phase. You can see a larger copy of the plan here.
This just in from Plasdwr:
Our contractors, Alun Griffiths, made good progress on the infrastructure work along Llantrisant Road in November. At time of writing, the essential highway drainage work is complete, and the road is being resurfaced ready to reopen at peak times. November was particularly difficult for residents in north west Cardiff who have been affected by these works and we’re sorry for the disruption the works have caused.
From next week until February, the Alun Griffiths team on Llantrisant Road will be working further east, on the south side of the carriageway opposite the filling station. Work will stop for two weeks over the Christmas break with no temporary lights in place from December 20th until work starts again on January 6th.
Off the highway, Alun Griffiths is continuing drainage work to the north and south of Llantrisant Road. They will also be diverting existing Virgin Media phone and broadband lines and carrying out gas protection works on an existing gas main. This work will require a piling rig and will be carried out in two phases; three weeks in December and one week in March.
We’re aware that congestion has been particularly bad throughout November due to the requirement for 24hr lights to safely complete the highway drainage, which requires a 2.5-metre-deep and 750cm trench in the road. We had originally hoped to complete these works earlier, but the work programme has been delayed by unforeseeable events including the discovery of uncharted, existing utility infrastructure, bad weather and ground conditions.
We’re expecting to be able to remove the 24hr lights in the week commencing December 9th and revert back to 09:30-15:30 traffic lights. These timescales are correct at the time of writing, if anything changes updates will be posted on our Twitter channel @plasdwr.
We have received this message from Rehaz, Angela and Aisha Abdoolla - a family that helps us with the lunch club that we arrange at Radyr Golf Club. We are pleased to publish it here:
"We are organising a fundraiser in Cardiff in aid of UNICEF UK towards the "War on Disease" project. According to UNICEF Statistics, up to 1.5 million children still die each year because they haven't received the right vaccines.
The fundraiser will take place on Sat 7 December 2019 (between 1-5pm) at St John's Church Hall in Danescourt, Cardiff. CF5 2SH (full details can be seen in the attached poster).
The event has been officially registered with UNICEF UK. A copy of the agreement is also attached.
We would be very grateful if you could share the details of this event with your network of family, friends and colleagues.
Any donations (however small) are also welcome through our donation page or by attending and donating on the day - or by purchasing food and other items.
Rehaz & Angela & Aisha Abdoolla
Fundraisers on behalf of UNICEF UK"
As seen on Llantrisant Road this afternoon...it looks as though the 24 hour traffic lights will be gone very soon!
Let's hope they've laid all of the pipes and cables they need - and that it all works!
Earlier this year we received a number of complaints from residents who thought that blasting at the Cemex Quarry had caused vibration at their homes. We reported on how the quarry would work, in future, to ensure that disruption would be kept to a minimum.
We met with Cemex this week. They showed us where blasting had taken place on the day people complained - and the direction that the blast had been laid.
They then showed us where the next blasting had taken place - and the direction of the blast. They explained that since we drew their attention to residents' concerns about the blasting, they had placed vibrographs in Morganstown to measure vibrations - and the readings were almost zero.
They offered to come and talk with the council and residents, to explain how they are trying to make sure that Morganstown is not affected by their work.
They also have woods that they manage - and they are willing to organise a visit to the woods, with an expert who can explain about tree and nature management on the land owned by the quarry.
Please let us know, by contacting us here, if you would like to meet with Cemex - or if you would like to visit the woodland that the company manages. The meeting - and the woodland visit - would probably take place during the working day.
As we reported here, we recently asked Plasdwr for a 'lessons learned' response, arising from the serious inconvenience caused to residents in recent weeks - along with plans for how they will seek to minimise disruption in future.
This is their response (and we are grateful to Pladsdwr for providing it so promptly):
The works taking place along Llantrisant Road are complex as there are a number of different elements involved, particularly beneath the road surface. An entirely new utilities infrastructure – gas, water, electricity, sewers, and telecommunications – is being installed to serve Plasdŵr as well as highway drainage. During these works, we have also encountered unforeseeable complications such as existing, uncharted utility infrastructure underground, which have caused unavoidable delays.
“The nature of these works requires us to work within the carriageway, resulting in single lane traffic. This requires 24hr traffic lights which inevitably causes disruption. While unavoidable, we remain absolutely committed to reducing this disruption and so have been working very closely with Cardiff Council and our contractor, Alun Griffiths, to look at better and safer ways to control traffic at peak times.
“The challenge remains ensuring access to Llantrisant Road from Heol Isaf, Clos Parc Radur and Danescourt. Following feedback, we introduced manual lights to the west of the Heol Isaf roundabout during peak times (normally 06:30-09:00 and 15:30-19:00).
“While this has had a positive impact for Heol Isaf, traffic has continued to block the roundabouts at Clos Parc Radur and Danescourt. In response to this, we are currently trialling additional road signs asking motorists to be considerate and not block the roundabouts. Alun Griffiths are monitoring traffic flow at peak times each day and we’re making adjustments where we can to ease congestion, maintain a balance and keep traffic moving as much as possible. This monitoring will continue.
“We have continually talked to the local community regarding Plasdŵr generally and traffic management specifically via regular drop-in sessions, monthly update e-bulletins and via our own channels. What we have learned over the past few weeks is that people want far more detailed information from us on the planned works. We have shared that detail and will be more proactive in sharing the detail of future works.”
Wayne Rees, Plasdŵr Project Director
Do you think these adjustments and improvements will ease congestion? Let us know what you think, below.
Just in case you haven't been to Station Road recently - we can confirm that the nextbike station has been installed - and the bikes have arrived.
Here's a photo showing how the system works.
Let us know what you think. Have you used them? Any good?
Just an update from Plasdwr about future roadworks. As we reported here, we have asked Plasdwr for a 'lessons learned' report, arising from the serious inconvenience caused to residents in recent weeks - along with plans for how they will seek to minimise disruption in future.
Here is Plasdwr's news:
The works around the Llantrisant Road junction with Heol Isaf are complex and will therefore be ongoing until summer 2020. They include road widening to incorporate a bus lane and cycleway, totally new utility infrastructure, drainage works and then the permanent traffic lights.
The associated traffic management systems in place during the works will vary according to what is being done at the time. We are working closely with Cardiff Council to get the work done as swiftly as possible given the inevitable disruption which, we understand, is very frustrating for road-users.
These are part of a wider plan for Llantrisant Road and the next phase of works will be between Clos Parc Radur and Goitre Fach including road widening for the new bus lane and the construction of two new junctions.
The reasons for these roadworks are rooted in Cardiff Council’s strategy to ensure that people can choose to walk, cycle and use public transport rather than drive. In line with that, the network within Plasdŵr has been planned so that walking, cycling and public transport will be the easiest ways to get around. For existing, neighbouring roads, we are delivering transport improvements also in line with that strategy as part of our community contributions, and the works on Llantrisant Road are part of those.
For more information on the full scope of works for Llantrisant Road, please see Cardiff Council’s North West Transport Corridor document here.
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