Here is an update about some of the work we have undertaken recently:
Tree maintenance: Recently, tree maintenance work has been completed at Windsor Gardens and Granny Park. There are further works to be done in Dan y Bryn Woods and Radyr Woods – these will be carried out from Autumn onwards.
Litter in Windsor Gardens: There has been an increase in litter in Windsor Garden and several residents have kindly assisted in collecting it over the past weeks. We will be monitoring the situation and will aim to ensure that discarded litter is collected as quickly as possible.
Pentwyn Park: There has been an overgrowth of vegetation over a resident’s garden in Pentwyn Park. This has now been removed. The specification for the new retaining wall in the Park has been received and the necessary steps are underway to lead to the construction of the said wall.
Road safety - Heol Isaf: The Community Council has written to Cardiff City Council regarding the overgrowth of vegetation on the East to West side of Heol Isaf commencing at the motorway bridge all along to the Scout Hut. This vegetation was obliterating the speed signs but remedial work has now been completed so that both these signs are visible to motorists.
Road safety – Windsor Road: The Community Council recently received a letter from the Cardiff City Planning Department in response to a letter of complaint from the Community Council in regard to the dangerous bend at the top of Windsor Road. We are delighted to report that the Planning Department has received Welsh Government funding to enable certain areas in Cardiff to be made safer for residents. Consultations in regard to the development of this particular area will shortly commence and will involve residents, the Community Council and the Radyr Ward member.
Cllr Kieran Webster, Chair of our Road Safety Working Group, challenged the Stagecoach company recently, following the sighting of one of their coaches travelling at almost 40mph on the hill between the turns to Bryn Derwen and Min-y-Coed.
Within two days he received an apologetic and helpful reply from the company's managing director. You can read it below (click here to see a full sized copy).
Well done Cllr Webster - and fair play to Stagecoach.
If you see any crazy driving, make a note and let us know!
Another road closure
Essential carriageway lining & stud works will take place on Thursday 18th July, from 7:30pm until 5.00am on Friday 19th July.
For safety reasons, the works will necessitate the temporary closure of Llantrisant Road between the two Danescourt Way roundabouts.
The plan below shows the area that will be closed to all traffic.
Cardiff Council is proposing to close Golf Club Lane to cars. Cyclists would still be able to use the lane.
Cardiff's consultation document says that private cars using the lane create a real or perceived danger to pedestrians - and that there are very few opportunities for vehicles to pass each other. Cardiff goes on to say that, if closed, the lane would become a safe, pleasant leisure facility - and could form a good off-road cycling facility as part of the cycle network. They explain that private vehicles will have a convenient, alternative route to Radyr, via Heol Isaf.
More information can be found in Welsh here.
And in English here.
The consultation closes on 28 July - and any responses should be sent to email@example.com.
Some readers will know that we published a survey seeking views about this. You can take part here. As things stand, nine respondents (60%) think Golf Club Lane should not be closed - and six (40%) think it should be. Four of the 'no' responses were received in the early hours of 8 July.
Roadworks on Ynys Bridge
Cardiff Council has been planning, for some time, to repair Ynys Bridge. They want to do this before Llantrisant Road closes (see this story).
They have now been informed that one of their contractors is available, at short notice, to undertake the urgently required resurfacing and bridge joint repair works this weekend. The closures will be in place tonight, Saturday and Sunday night from 19:30 to 05:30 - and advance notices for motorists have been put out.
The road will be open during the day (maybe with a rough surface) during the resurfacing work.
Where is Ynys Bridge? It's the bridge over the River Taff which leads to the A470, just after Pugh's - and below Castell Coch.
Some residents will be aware that Llantrisant Road is to be closed to through traffic towards the end of the month. Rumours have been widely shared - with some fearing that HGV traffic would be diverted through Radyr and Morganstown.
We can now reveal what will actually be happening - following the Community Council's meeting with Cardiff Council earlier today.
Here, to begin with, is Cardiff's statement:
Vital drainage works will be carried out on Llantrisant Road
Llantrisant Road - from the junction with Heol Isaf to Cardiff Road (Creigiau) - will be closed in both directions from 9.30am on July 22nd for approximately three weeks, so vital drainage works can be carried out on the carriageway.
During the closure, the contractor will be carrying out work between 8am and 10pm from Monday to Saturday and from 9am until 10pm on Sundays.
The three week closure is the maximum amount of time that the road will have to close and if the work is completed earlier, residents, businesses and the general public will be notified in advance via an update press release. The work has been scheduled during the summer holiday, as research shows that after children break up from school, the traffic flow reduces significantly.
The Council has put plans in place to minimise disruption to residents and businesses. These include:
So what else do we know?
Is this happening because of Plasdwr?
No. This is a local authority project. The road surface and culvert are substandard just east of Creigiau. The work involved will require excavation of a trench of considerable depth, as well as resurfacing the road - making it impossible to keep the road open, or to open it when the day's work is done.
Cardiff Council has decided to undertake the work during the school holidays, when there is less traffic on the road and no school-runs to disrupt. Were the work not done, and the existing culvert collapsed, the road would be flooded - and an unplanned repair could easily take twice as long as the planned, summer-time repair.
What will happen to Heol Isaf?
Cardiff Council will be placing a great many diversion signs across the city and beyond - explaining that Llantrisant Road is closed - and directing traffic along alternative routes. These will include staying on the M4 (and traffic from Rhondda Cynon Taf joining the M4); then leaving the M4 at junction 33 - to drive to the Bay, or to leave at Culverhouse Cross to travel along the A48 towards Western Avenue (from where HGVs can turn left through Llandaf to approach the Plasdwr construction site).
Traffic will be diverted along Heol Isaf - but the existing weight restriction will remain in place. Even so, Cardiff Council hopes that a lot of traffic will follow the initial diversion onto the A48. The Go-Safe team will attend more often, keeping an eye on the speed of traffic on Heol Isaf. A temporary 20mph limit will not be introduced, because a consultation on a permanent 20mph Order is already underway. Cardiff's legal advice is that a temporary speed limit, imposed during the consultation period for a permanent speed limit, could lead to a legal challenge that the introduction of the temporary limit prejudiced the outcome of the consultation.
I live in Clos Parc Radur. What will happen to me?
After the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road roundabout, a chicane will be installed, to emphasise the point that the road ahead is closed. But local traffic and lorries delivering to the Redrow site will still be able to drive in and out of Clos Parc Radur. In fact, you will still be able to drive to St Fagan's this way. The road closure is just before Creigiau.
What if an HGV heading to Merthyr driver gets confused - and arrives at the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road roundabout?
A sign placed at the roundabout will instruct them to use the roundabout to make a u-turn and return back along Llantrisant Road.
If Heol Isaf does get busy, will traffic use Bryn Derwen / Drysgol Road /Windsor Avenue as a rat-run? And what about Golf Club Lane?
A sign will be placed at Windsor Road directing traffic along Heol Isaf. The possibility of closing Golf Club Lane for the duration is also being considered - to avoid its use as a rat run.
What about the bus service?
Cardiff Bus services to Radyr and Morganstown will be able to follow their current routes.
What about the emergency services?
They have been fully consulted and have plans in place to cope with the closure.
Will there be any temporary traffic lights near the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road junction works during this period?
No. Cardiff have instructed the Plasdwr contractors to keep that stretch of road fully open during the three week period.
Here's a map showing the closure scheme and related signage. Click on the map to see a full-size copy. (Right-click on the map if you want to download a pdf copy - which you can then expand on you screen, to view more detail). Note - the map shows the Heol Isaf weight restriction being lifted. This is not correct - the weight restriction will not be lifted:
Many residents of Radyr and Morganstown will be all too familiar with the roadworks at the junction of Heol Isaf and Llantrisant Road.
The traffic cones; the temporary lights; the random traffic queues; the occasional minor alteration to the route; the big yellow tractors; the bumpy roads...
Will it ever end?!
Sometimes, it can look as if the roadworks are almost done. We can see the shape of the new junction. Posts have been installed, to hold the new road signs. Kerbstones have been laid...
Surely, all that remains is to install the proposed traffic lights, connect them to the electricity supply, lay some more tarmac - and we're done?
However, there is much more to this than meets the eye.
We spoke with Plasdwr about progress - and this is what we've learned.
This is not a simple task. On the contrary, this is highly complex.
Connecting Plasdŵr to life's vital services is going to take some time. And it will happen at several places along Llantrisant Road, between Radyr and the western boundary of Plasdŵr.
To make matters even more complicated, Plasdŵr will involve several house-building companies - all working to their own timescales. And as each tranche of houses is developed, it will need its own supply of water, electricity, gas, communications - and a sewerage system. And, from time to time, an SUD will be required (a sustainable drainage system) which will involve roadside works - and associated pipes and services that may also need to cross Llantrisant Road.
As you can see from the list of vital services, this work will involve many different companies (such as Welsh Water, BT and several other utility providers). All working to different timescales - and all needling the appropriate planning permissions and licenses from the appropriate authorities.
So the bad news is that we face many years of roadworks along Llantrisant Road, with the Heol Isaf / Llantrisant Road junction being the first of many - to be followed closely by changes to the Clos Parc Radyr junction.
Both of these junctions will end up controlled by traffic lights. Cardiff Council has assured us that the timing of the lights will be adjusted and fine-tuned to give Radyr and Clos Parc Radyr residents enough of a green-light period to move out onto Llantrisant Road. We will monitor this in due course.
However, when the traffic lights are installed at the end of Heol Isaf, they won't be switched on until Cardiff Council agrees it is the right time to do so. They may, for instance, want the Clos Parc Radur traffic lights in place as well, before both sets of lights are turned on (to better control traffic flow). As we wait for them to be switched on, we may see a temporary roundabout installed at the Heol Isaf junction.
And the timing of all this?
It's difficult to predict, apparently - given the number of services to be installed at several locations - and the number of companies involved. We can, however, except to have to wait until mid 2020 before the majority of the Heol Isaf junction is completed. That's another 12 months of roadworks!
Not the best news, regrettably. And with the Clos Parc Radur junction works yet to begin, we can expect to be navigating these roadworks for a long time to come.
And what will this lead to?
Plasdŵr will bring more traffic, that's for sure. But we are promised:
Only time will tell, however, to what extent these developments will help ease traffic in and around Radyr and Morganstown.
There will be some positive developments. Including four new schools. And Plasdŵr’s propsed 'district centre' will offer employment opportunities - as well as providing us with a new retail centre, with a range of large and smaller stores to serve both Plasdŵr and its neighbouring communities. So we won't have to travel as far to visit a large supermarket, to stock up on life's essentials.
The district centre will be focused around a central square with community, health and leisure facilities - with the potential for new cafés, restaurants and pubs. Although work on the deisgn concept has begun (see here), work on the final design for the centre has yet to be started - with construction a number of year’s away.
At the end of the day, Plasdŵr will be a 15 to 20 year development. Not all of it will be built on our doorstep - so we won't see all of the mud and tractors - but life in our corner of the capital city will change for ever.
In the meantime, if you have a problem (with mud, noise, mess, stones in the road, faulty temporary traffic lights etc) or any other concerns (such as what will happen to the remaining hedgerows and trees) you can contact Katie Powis, Community Liaison Manager, for Plasdŵr on 07741 194199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, of course, you can attend the drop-in sessions that Plasdŵr arranges in Radyr, from time to time.
In the meantime, if you have any comments about this article - or about Plasdŵr, you can post them below.
Cardiff Council is consulting about a number of proposals for managing traffic on Heol Isaf. The work includes:
You can see the proposals here.
The closing date for comments is 10 June 2019.
The community council will be submitting a response in due course and will post it on this website.
Clean Air Cardiff
Clean Air Cardiff (on behalf of Cardiff Council) is looking at different ways to help tackle air pollution in the city and needs your feedback on the different proposals.
Air quality along Castle Street and other parts of the city is likely to fail legal limit of pollution levels (nitrogen dioxide - NO2) if nothing is done to reduce traffic pollution.
This will mean Cardiff Council will need to decrease the number of cars that travel through the city centre, whilst increasing the space available for public transport and active travel.
They have come up with a number of proposals which will not only fix the problem on Castle Street, but will also help make the air we breathe across the city cleaner.
Have your say on the consultation, here.
Car crash near Radyr Station
Radyr was in the news on 26 April as a car overturned at 5.22pm on Kings Road, near Radyr Station. According to Wales Online, the car collided with a parked vehicle before overturning. An elderly lady was released from the car and received minor treatment from paramedics at the scene.
The community council asked Cardiff Council (in November 2018) to consider the risks associated with the junction of De Clare Drive with King's Road. This accident demonstrates the need to introduce improvements at this location as soon as possible.
You can read more about this incident here.