Excavation begins in the River Taff

Excavation of River Taff
Excavation of River Taff
Excavation works began in earnest on the River Taff, where it flows under Canton Bridge, in the City Centre of Cardiff this week.

The work is being carried out to deepen the river to allow safe passage of larger vessels which serve the network of stops from Cardiff Bay and Penarth – which stop as far up the River Taff as outside the Bute Park terminus.

In the Summer water levels can be less than a foot in some places – where you can literally paddle from side to side of the river – therefore from this area down to Cardiff Bay this surely won’t be possible in future years.

Excavation of River Taff
Excavation of River TaffExcavation of River Taff
A JCB truck was mounted on the back of one barge, whilst removing sediment and material from the river bed then dumping it inside another barge moored next to it. Other small vessels were also assisting in the excavation works.

It’s not entirely clear how long or how far down the river this will happen – but it has started in a half-term week when families might’ve been tempted to use the service! I saw no end of people waiting at the Bute Park stop only to read a sign then notice what was happening in front of their eyes and then fully realising that the water taxis were not calling there!
Excavation of River Taff

A full set of photos can be viewed here:-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/djleekee/sets/72157626111910372/
And the slideshow by pressing play below:-
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3 Responses to “Excavation begins in the River Taff”

  1. Hi, found your site Via Android forums and have been following it for a while as I’m a Cardiffian living on Anglesey. In Dec I moved back to Cardiff and want to say thanks for the interesting posts and Pics. What Camera do you take to the Cardiff Stadium (not the HTC, surely) Been to a few Blues matches but scared to take the SLR in case they take it off me.
    Thanks again.

  2. Hi Ned,

    Ive always got my trusty HTC Desire with me for emergencies and off the cuff pics and they are fine for 5MO mobile phone pics.

    But if I know im going somewhere with photo oppourtunities I will take my ‘proper’ camera along.

    I use quite a basic point n click Sanyo digital camera which is only 3.1MP (less than my phone) but it has a 10x zoom on it so i can get in that bit closer!

    I wouldnt be bothered about taking an SLR down to the Cardiff City Stadium as you scan yourself in and they rarely search people – if they do its usually for booze, drugs or weapons! Im not entirely sure what their stance on photography is in such an environment!

    There’s always loads of people snapping away on their mobile phones and other people with much more obvious larger cameras.

    I would definately try bringing one to the next game you attend!

    Hope to see your pics soon!

    Lee

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