We now have a fence around the damaged part of the bridge – it’s purpose presumably to keep cattle away whilst work is in progress, or perhaps to protect the cattle from falling stones from the bridge.
Either way, we have a fence!
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!
Llanfair Bridge – pedestrian access
The bridge is now officially open to pedestrians with newly erected barriers to protect from the damaged area. We still have no time frame on the repair, or even if it will be a localised repair to the currently damaged area, or a complete refurbishment of the entire bridge.
Still – one step at a time!
We have just heard that a safety barrier is due to be erected along the length of Llanfair Bridge – possibly before the weekend. It will be situated on the right hand side of the bridge from the perspective of Llanfair Shop, or the left hand edge from the perspective of the Village Hall. It is intended to facilitate segregation for pedestrians only and will probably still attract the usual caveat of ‘at your own risk‘ but the official erection of a pedestrian barrier will certainly be a move in the right direction and tends to indicate a low risk for foot traffic (ironically it’s probably safer to cross the bridge on foot now than it is when sharing it with vehicular traffic!)
The Village Walk will still take place on Sunday 13th of March – weather permitting of course. Due to the closure of Llanfair Bridge we will meet in 2 places:
• outside the Village Hall on one side of the river
• outside the Village Shop on the other
both at 1.30pm, where we will arrange the car sharing.
The walk will be from Aberarth to Aberaeron on the Coast Path, finishing at Zuko’s for well earned refreshments.
The path is bound to be muddy at this time of year so sturdy boots are recommended!