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Bridge abutment works at the Iron Tram Bridge site in Robertstown

Iron Tram Bridge, Robertstown

Sunday road closures are required on the A4059 between Robertstown and Trecynon, to place a crane on the highway for work to the Iron Tram Bridge abutments – with the first closure taking place this weekend (September 18). 

In August, the Council provided an update on a repair scheme for the historic Scheduled Monument, which was in poor condition and then received further damage by Storm Dennis. Cadw granted consent to sympathetically restore the bridge off site, but a specialist contractor has found the bridge’s condition to be far worse than anticipated. A new repair scheme is now being designed.

Over the next few weeks, the contractor will take the opportunity to carry out abutment stabilisation at the bridge site near Robertstown. Residents may notice works activity restarting there from Wednesday, September 14.

Road closures to the adjacent section of the A4059 will be required to enable some aspects of the work. These are scheduled on consecutive Sundays (9am-5pm) to minimise disruption. The first closure will be on Sunday, September 18, to enable scour protection and blockstone installation.

During each closure, the A4059 Aberdare Bypass will close between Harriet Street (Trecynon) and Wellington Street (Robertstown) roundabouts, in both directions. An alternative route will be signposted via the A4059 bypass, Depot Road Roundabout, A4233, Gadlys Roundabout, Gadlys Road, B4275, Cemetery Road, Hirwaun Road, Penywaun Roundabout and the A4059.

There will be no access through the closure for emergency service vehicles, but all pedestrian routes (including the adjacent Cynon Trail) will remain open.

Additional weekend road closures are anticipated on future Sundays during September and October. Advanced warning signs will be put in place seven days before each future closure, as well as an update published on the Council’s social media accounts, in order to inform residents and motorists.

Posted on 15/09/2022