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New bridge hailed as a ‘symbol’ of the future of road building in Wales

02 Feb 2024 3 minute read
The new Dyfi Bridge

A new bridge has been described as a visual symbol of how Wales will ‘raise the bar’ when it comes to road building.

The new Dyfi bridge, near Machynlleth, is one of the first projects to be completed after the Welsh Government’s response to the independent roads review that took place in February last year.

In its response to the review, the Welsh Government committed to only investing in future road building projects that reduce carbon emissions and support a shift to public transport, walking and cycling.

In addition it pledged to improve road safety and adapt the road building programme to the impacts of climate change

Roads review

The roads review recommendations along with the Welsh Government’s response went on to form the National Transport Delivery Plan in which the new Dyfi bridge was a key project.

The bridge, built to replace a 19th century structure prone to flooding, opened today (Friday, February 2) thanks to a £46m of Welsh Government funding.

It is described as a climate resilient scheme as the previous 19th century Pont-ar-Ddyfi bridge was not designed to carry the current volume of traffic and was often closed due to frequent flooding.

Visible symbol

Speaking at the opening of the new bridge, Lee Waters, Deputy Minister with responsibility for transport said: “It has been great to visit today to open this new bridge which is a very visible symbol of the changes we are making and the way roads will be built from now on.

“This key strategic route links north and south Wales and provides connectivity to healthcare, education, employment and leisure.

“I was particularly pleased to be among the first group of people on bikes to take advantage of the new cycling and walking route that is fully integrated into the new bridge, as part of a wider active travel network being developed in and around Machynlleth.

“This shows how we can make it easier to walk and cycle in rural Wales, as well as in our more urban towns and cities.”

The visit to open the new Dyfi bridge took place almost a year to the date of the roads review announcement which has gathered attention across the world.

The Deputy Minister continued: “Our roads policy statement published last year makes clear that we will continue to invest in new and existing roads, but to qualify for future funding the focus must be on minimising carbon emissions, not increasing capacity; not increasing emissions through higher vehicle speeds, and not adversely affecting ecologically valuable sites.

“We have declared a Climate and Nature Emergency, legislated to protect the Well-being of Future Generations, and put into law a requirement to reach NetZero by 2050.

“We must be prepared to follow through.”

Proud

David Parr, Managing Director of Griffiths, who built the bridge, added: “We are proud to see the Dyfi Bridge Scheme open to the public.

“The scheme has been a real technical challenge but is testament to our commitment to addressing the effects of climate change, enhancing community access to essential healthcare and education services, all whilst focussing on active travel solutions.

“Through collective efforts, we have not only reduced our carbon footprint from construction but also invested in future generations through nurturing talents through apprenticeships.”


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hdavies15
hdavies15
19 days ago

How did Lee travel to Mach to open that bridge ? Did he take the train via Shrewsbury, or did he ride his bike ? Bit of a long haul travelling by EV from the Bay to the banks of the Dyfi. There again taking a few hours out to top up his “juice” won’t bother him. At least that bridge looks like one could safely ride a bike over it but the roads at either end probably don’t do much for cyclists.

Alun
Alun
19 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Happily the new road is walking distance from Machynlleth station so I certainly hope he used that.

Finch
Finch
17 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

112 miles is an easy trip for a modern EV. Many will manage the return trip on a full charge.

NewYorker
NewYorker
19 days ago

Bet the speed limits been reduced at the same time !

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
19 days ago

Although it’s a positive news story to see any bridge opening. I hope Welsh Labour don’t imply that they are the party of infrastructure building when very little in the way of major road or rail building has occured under their tenure. And before any Labour supporter says it’s down to money. Yes, granted, it’s largely due to lack of resources, central government block cuts, blah blah blah. After all, the M4 relief road was scrapped by Mark Drakeford due to rising costs , £1.4 billion to be exact, seeing Wales only had £1 billion borrowing powers. Oh, and I’m… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
19 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Brexit baguette ? Surely you mean Full English Brexit Breakfast sometimes taken twice in a day !

Gareth
Gareth
19 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Rail track laying and improving is the responsibility of Network Rail, which is controlled and run by Westminster, it makes no difference if its Labour Plaid or the Tory party in charge in Cardiff, they have no control over it.

G Horton-Jones.
G Horton-Jones.
19 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

Wales needs to bring all infrastructure matters within our own control
Beeching track closures in England are currently being reopened widely using HS2 tax income from Wales.
Cardiff airport struggles due to route allocation being controlled by the England based Civil Aviation Authority which will always put Bristol first

Gareth
Gareth
19 days ago

Clywch clywch G H-J, totally agree with you. eg. After promising electrification of the main line from Cardiff to Swansea, it was cancelled by Westminster, and nothing could be done here to reverse that desicion.

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
19 days ago

‘Welsh government …..supporting shift to public transport’? Funny if not so tragic. What public transport I ask myself? Its impossible to get around Cardiff by public transport, Cardiff bus is expensive, unreliable and an infrequent service for most and that’s the capital city!!! Goodness help the rest of Wales.

Keith Parry
Keith Parry
19 days ago

This bridge was built under a previous regime. The totally deranged new highway building regulations will not allow anything to be built. The Welsh Government has been captured by Climate Change Net Zero extremists who will wreck the economy and take us back to the living standards of 1750.

Keith Gogarth
Keith Gogarth
19 days ago

If only the Menai Bridge was open and there was less congestion on the Britannia I would have gone to see the grand opening

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