Posted: Fri 23rd Feb 2024

Caerphilly Railway Station Unsafe Footbridge to be Removed

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 23rd, 2024

An “unsafe” footbridge over the tracks at Caerphilly railway station will be removed after months of uncertainty.
The bridge was shut and fenced off in July 2023 after inspectors noticed parts of the structure were “rocking” and “moving”.
Since then, the bridge has remained off-limits under a series of closure orders.
At a meeting on Wednesday February 21, Caerphilly Council’s cabinet members decided to knock down the bridge, at a cost of £200,000.
The cabinet opted against building a replacement, arguing it would cost nearly £2 million and would effectively lengthen journey times for pedestrians.
Marcus Lloyd, the council’s head of infrastructure, added that building a new bridge would lead to a protracted, expensive series of railway line closures while work was carried out.
Caerphilly Council’s responsibility for maintaining the footbridge dates back to a 1910 agreement signed by its predecessor authority.
The current “Tubewright” structure was opened in 1965 and had an estimated lifespan of 25 years, Chris Adams, the council’s highway engineering group manager, noted in a report.
It was “totally refurbished” in 1997 and its landings replaced in 2009 and 2012, but inspections last year deemed it “unsafe for public use”.
The bridge connects King Edward Avenue to Station Terrace, and if it is removed the distance into the town centre will be 260 metres – five metres more than it would be using the footbridge – the council said.
Any new bridge would need to be accessible, with inclusive ramps, and the added distance would mean journeys would increase to 578 metres, Mr Adams said in his report.
Council leader Sean Morgan suggested the authority could therefore “be getting nothing from” a replacement bridge.
Such a structure would also cost £1.9m and Caerphilly Council may be liable for its future maintenance, the cabinet was told.
At the meeting, members also considered spending £600,000 to repair the existing bridge, but the report noted this option “only provides a short-term solution”.
Cabinet members gave their unanimous backing to the demolition of the existing bridge, and the £200,000 costs will come from uncommitted capital earmarked reserves. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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