On Friday I met with the Programme Manager for Network Rail's electrification programme for the main line between London and Cardiff.
The electrification programme will lead to improvements of the track and service between London and Cardiff but does mean that during the adaptation there will be some disruption, particularly due to bridge closures between Adamsdown and Splott.
Closures of the Windsor Road and Beresford Road bridges have now been completed and the forthcoming closure of Splott Road bridge in August is currently being prepared.
During the meeting I took the opportunity to find out when and how the works will be taking place and how they may affect local residents and businesses.
I was pleased that Network Rail and their construction partner Carillion have made efforts to be considerate in setting up their site office. The portacabin windows face away from residential properties, flowers are being planted around the site area and staff from the crew are being seconded to work with Cardiff Council's traffic management team. This will mean the team can more easily monitor traffic patterns around the road closure and change traffic lights and other systems accordingly.
Local residents and businesses are being contacted about the closure, and I'm working with Network Rail to make sure that clear information is circulated widely to residents and businesses who may be affected.
I have also made it clear to the programme managers that it is important that people know Clifton Street is open for business during the works. This should include clear signange, advance warning and information about how to get to Clifton Street around the road closures.
I've shared the information so far on this website and I'll continue to do so.
If you have any specific questions, please get in touch with my office (using the contact details here) and we'll do our best to help.
Bridge Closures - Details
Splott Road Bridge
The road will be closed to all vehicles from 13 August. Network Rail are aiming to reopen the bridge on 4 September.
There will be no pedestrian access over the bridge between:
20:00hrs on 19 August – 11:00hrs on 20 August
07:00hrs on 22 August – 19:00hrs on 22 August
07:00hrs on 23 August – 00:01hrs on 25 August
23:00hrs on 25 August – 13:00hrs on 28 August
During these times, a minibus service, with wheelchair access, will be available to transport members of the public from one side to the other.
The second reconstruction phase will commence in early 2018.
The footbridge will be closed on Saturdays and Sunday between 10pm – 7am from 8 July to early 2018. The footbridge will also be completely closed over August bank holiday weekend from 26 – 28 August.