All you can see is the trunk road across the River Ely which doesnt allow any pedestrian or safe cycle access between Cardiff Bay and Penarth. Hence a solution was required to allow the public to enjoy this side of the Cardiff Bay area including areas from the River Ely, Penarth Marina and beyond.
The Pont Y Werin bridge was born and named by locals as The Peoples Bridge. This new bridge which joins up the 10km route around Cardiff bay, was to originally open on June 8th, 2010 – but due to unforeseen supply delays it didn’t make the original deadline.
On the left is a photo of some of the original construction for the base of the bridge structure. Im not entirely sure whether you would call them foundations or not (but they serve the same purpose!)
The Pont Y Werin bridge has now been officially opened today, 14th July, 2010 by Ieuan Wyn Jones, Cllr Delme Bowen, Rodney Burman along with members from Sustrans and the Big Lottery Fund.
Funding from the new bridge came from the Welsh Assembly Government, £1.645m, Cardiff Council, £1.3m, sustainable transport charity Sustrans £1.15m, Cardiff Harbour Authority £250k and £200k from The Vale of Glamorgan Council.
In March, 2010, the largest crane in Europe was brought in especially to erect the large sections of the bridge ensuring they were safely put into position. This took a couple of days where the crane could be seen across the Cardiff skyline.
Below is a photo from June 2010 – which is when the bridge was originally going to be opened for the public. As you can see some more decorative and safety work was still ongoing. Seems like construction workers had a vast array of weather conditions to battle through in the past year!
Now the last link in the round Cardiff Bay route is now complete I thought Id ride it with my GPS-enabled MY TRACKS application recording the data to see how long the actual journey was!
Even thought its advertised as 10km I only managed to do 7.73km and that was with a few minor detours to take photos! So im not sure where the other remaining 2.27km is obtainable from!
It took me 35 minutes in total to complete the circuit but I wasnt going particularly fast with average speed coming in at 12.9km/hr and a maximum of 19.8km/hr.
All im gonna say is that there was a massive headwind whilst going across the barrage- i reckon there were gusts of around 35-40mph to contend with!
Below is a map detailing the exact route I took and clickable as a normal Google Map to zoom in and investigate further.
To view an interactive map of the cycle route click HERE
So above is the scene of the bridge in completion on it’s first day open to the public. Two sculptures were also commissioned to reflect the ‘People’s Bridge’ theme – one at either end of the bridge.
The bridge, when it is open so vessles can pass underneath, can be seen across the whole of Cardiff Bay reaching up and beyond the natural skyline. This was the scene from the tarmac road leading upto the barrage.
To view all the photos from the last year of construction of The Pont Y Wern Bridge you can view the slideshow beneath or click http://www.flickr.com/photos/djleekee/sets/72157623692995178/show/
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