Residents living close to the proposed Transport for Wales works compounds in Morganstown may be relieved to hear that the compound to be used to facilitate electrification of the Valleys Lines will be reduced in size - to the extent that hardly any of the Mound Field playing field will be required. TfW still proposes to build a 'haul road' alongside Pugh's, through the Mound Field car park and along the eastern edge of the field, to provide access to both the compounds.
The main reason for this change is the closure of the Rhys Dafis freight site at Taffs Well. TfW has secured agreement to operate from that site - so will be able to move some of their activity from Morganstown to Taffs Well.
Even so, they still propose to work from Morganstown - with the reduced-size compound - and a separate compound to enable a new bridge to be built over the railway line. We have, of course, opposed the bridge whilst suggesting that access to Gelynis Farm should be via Iron Bridge Road.
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