Good progress is being made with the repair to our bridge, the workmen having returned after the Easter break.
They have been salvaging as much usable stone as possible for use in the reconstruction, and today some concrete was poured to form slabs for the base!
Now we are now three weeks on from the closure of Llanfair Bridge on Saturday 5th of March and work has started on the repair.
Activity for the week can be summarised thus:
Wednesday 23rd March
- A team arrived and started work on preparing the site.
- A fence was erected around the damaged area in the field – presumably for safety reasons during the course of the works.
Thursday 24th March
- The fallen stone was removed in the field and a loose upper section of wall was taken down on the upstream side of the bridge.
During the week a notice was also posted noting the commencement of works on the 16th April, and that the duration of the works was likely to be 3 months. Given the fact that work has already begun, we can only assume this notice relates to the reconstruction of the bridge, rather than the preparatory work.
Workmen have now removed a large section of the wall from the damaged area on the upstream side of the bridge in preparation of repair work.
A notice posted regarding the works describes three months as the likely duration for the work with the 6th April as the commencement date, so we now have the information we requested.
We have just heard from the Community Council that ‘all being well’ work will begin on repairing the bridge on Wednesday 23rd of March and that the repairs should be completed within a matter of weeks.
Pedestrian access will remain open during the majority of this time, although there may be periods during the repair when this will not be safe.
Now we are now two weeks on from the unfortunate closure of Llanfair Bridge on Saturday 5th of March and the progress over the last week has been poor, at least on site. There may have been plenty of activity behind the scenes, but if there has none of this has been communicated publicly.
The only obvious activity can be summarised thus:
Monday 14th March
- A representative from CADW met an employee from the Highways Department on site – we do not know the outcome of that meeting.
Apart from this we don’t appear to be any further on with the repair works, we don’t event know if this will be a patch up of the collapsed area or a complete overhaul.
There will be a village quiz this Friday, 18th of March in the Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm. The price will be £5 per table with a maximum of 4 adults per table allowed.
Please bring your own refreshments, but tea and coffee will be available.
There is a prize for the winning team, and there will also be a special children’s quiz.
It’s the start on the second week without vehicles being able to drive over Llanfair Bridge, and we still don’t have any kind of roadmap for the repair work.
A representative from CADW met an employee from Ceredigion County Council on site today to discuss the situation, but no information has yet been forthcoming following this. It’s certainly very important to people in our community, and there has also been a surprising amount of media interest, so I look forward to updating with more news in the near future.
As we are now a week on from the unfortunate closure of Llanfair Bridge on Saturday 5th of March I thought it might be useful to look back and log the events so far, and then compare notes on a weekly basis here so that everyone can see what progress is being made to reopen the bridge to motor vehicles.
There is a due process which will be applied in any state financed repair project of this nature in broad terms involving structural assessment, environmental impact and fund management. Things inevitably become more complicated with listed structures such as our bridge however, with input then being sought from CADW to ensure appropriate procedures are employed.
This multi-departmental type of process is likely to be lengthy, so we await news on the likely commencement of works and their duration from the County Council, and this will most likely be communicated through our Community Council.
So, what has happened this week? Here are the most significant points so far:
Saturday 5th March
- The partial collapse of one of the relief arches was noticed and reported to the Highways Dept.
- The Highways Dept responded promptly with an initial assessment team.
- By 19:00 the bridge was closed to all traffic, barriers having been erected.
Monday 7th March
- A surveyor attended and recorded various aspects of the damage.
Thursday 10th March
- The bridge was deemed safe for pedestrian traffic and safety barriers were erected to protect people from the damaged area. Pedestrians were able to cross the bridge by 17:00.
So now we wait for more developments. I will report with any significant news during the course of the week, and then summarise those events in a week’s time. Let’s hope the news is good!