Church Village Bypass becomes Demonstration project

17 June 2010

The £90m Church Village Bypass in South Wales has been named as an industry demonstration project by Constructing Excellence Wales following its final Peer Review.

A team from Capita Symonds’ Glamorgan office is providing project management, CDM coordination and geotechnical advisory services on the 7km scheme.

The peer review saw presentations from the organisations involved in the project - Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, Capita Symonds, and Costain - before a site visit by representatives from across the industry.

It’s the third time that Capita Symonds’ highways work has been recognised by Constructing Excellence – both the Porth Relief Road and Llandysul Bypass have previously been singled out for praise.

Due to open in the Autumn, the Church Village Bypass is being led by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council through a Welsh Assembly Transport Grant. The 6.5km single carriageway scheme will provide traffic relief for the heavily congested A473 which passes through the communities of Church Village, Ton-teg and Llantwit Fardre. The reduction in traffic will lead to road safety, noise and vibration and air quality environmental benefits for local residents and businesses.

The scheme provides 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 have been constructed using precast concrete arches and the culverts and cattle creeps constructed using steel arch designs. 

A pedestrian and cycle community route is being provided along the whole length of the scheme. This will link into communities along the route providing a safe, sustainable alternative form of transport.