Transport for Wales boss confirms commitment to Ty’n Y Graig Bridge

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Ty'n Y Graig Bridge
Credit: Transport for Wales

Transport for Wales boss, James Price, has praised the workforce after safely demolishing a damaged footbridge in Llanbradach.

This has followed the operator’s decision to close the footbridge due to the safety of the bridge.

TfW has also said that it is committed to reinstating the crossing as soon as possible but can’t give a detailed work timeline due to the challenges caused by COVID-19.

The pandemic has changed the way the team has to work and has also impacted on the supply chain for materials.

Transport for Wales and Alun Griffiths Ltd have worked together to reopen the Rhymney Line by removing the bridge at the end of May.

The Ty’n-y-Graig footbridge was damaged beyond repair when it was struck by a vehicle on the 28th May 2020 and was removed overnight on Friday 29th May, allowing trains to begin running again on Saturday 30th May.

More work took place overnight on Sunday 31st May to complete the work, which included removing the footbridge steps.

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO, said: “On behalf of everyone at TfW, I’d like to thank our infrastructure team and our colleagues at Griffiths for their hard work in ensuring the safe removal of the Ty’n-y-Graig footbridge. It is another example of our commitment to working collaboratively with our partners to Keep Wales Moving.

“I’d also like to thank our customers and the community of Llanbradach for their patience and understanding while work was being undertaken on the bridge. We appreciate that this is an historic facility used by the members of the community to access local woodlands, and we are committed to reinstating it as soon as we can.”

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