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
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
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.