Church Village Project Receives CIHT Nominations

12 May 2011

The Church Village Bypass project in South Wales has been nominated in both the ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Major Projects’ categories at the CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation) Awards.

The £90m scheme - the largest single highways project undertaken by any local authority in the UK - opened last year two months ahead of schedule.

The project was led by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council through a Welsh Assembly Transport Grant. A team from Capita Symonds’ Glamorgan office – led by Ian Walsh and Wayne Palmer - provided Project Management, CDM Coordination and Geotechnical Advisory services on the 7km scheme.

Built by contractor Costain, the single carriageway scheme provides traffic relief for the heavily congested A473 which passes through the communities of Church Village, Ton-teg and Llantwit Fardre. The scheme comprises four roundabouts, a traffic signal controlled junction and around 3km of side roads which provide links to the existing road network and the communities. Structures consist of two road bridges, three footbridges, a pedestrian underpass and two cattle creeps together with a number of major culverts. To reduce health and safety risk and to simplify and speed up construction the road bridges were constructed using precast concrete arches while the culverts and cattle creeps were constructed using steel arch designs. 

Particular attention was paid to reducing the visual impact of the bypass through the use of bunding and extensive planting of around 117,000 trees. This reduces the effects of traffic noise on the community that will be further supplemented by selective use of noise barriers.

A pedestrian and cycle community route has also been provided along the whole length of the scheme. This links into communities along the route providing a safe, sustainable alternative form of transport.

A total of 1,400,000 working man hours were undertaken on the project without any reportable accidents.

The winners will be announced in London on 15th June.