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SOUTH WALES METRO: New bridge planned over railway near Morganstown

SOUTH WALES METRO: New bridge planned over railway near Morganstown

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New bridge planned over railway near Morganstown for the South Wales Metro

Plans have been revealed to build a new bridge over the railway near Morganstown as part of the South Wales Metro project.

The wide-ranging work for the metro includes electrifying railways, introducing new electric trains, and increasing the number of services.

But as the new trains will be faster and quieter, using level crossings is more dangerous.

Two level crossings near Morganstown will be closed, and a new bridge is set to be built over the track instead, at Gelynis Farm just north of the M4.

Keolis Amey is the operator and development partner for the South Wales Metro, working in partnership with Transport for Wales. The company has applied for planning permission from Cardiff council to build the bridge.

The bridge for vehicles and pedestrians will provide access to the 16th-century farmhouse, and link up with the footbridge over the river Taff.

Planning documents filed with the application explained the need for the new bridge. They said: “There is an increased potential for conflicts between trains and users of the Gelynis and Pentyrch crossings.

“In order to achieve the aims of the Core Valley Lines Transformation works, a series of improvements are necessary across the rail network.

“One of these improvements relates to the closure of the existing Gelynis and Pentyrch level crossings, which is required in order to mitigate the increased health and safety risks associated with the improvement of rail services on the Core Valley Lines network.

“In order to close these level crossings, it is necessary for Keolis Amey to provide an alternative access to the properties and provide an alternative route for pedestrian access along the public right of way.”

The farm is about 20 metres north of the M4 and 20 metre west of the river Taff.

All the details of the plans can be viewed on Cardiff council’s website, under the reference 21/00235/MJR.

The South Wales Metro project will see faster and greener trains across the region, as well as new trams, new train stations, and improved bus services.

Words: Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporter

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