The Loop to the Taff Trail

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The Loop to the Taff Trail

A bridge linking Llandaff North, Llandaff and Radyr communities has been officially opened.

The Loop Bridge now links the two sides of the River Taff allowing for more accessible walking and cycling opportunities, a key link to the Taff Trail for the local and wider communities of Cardiff.

Tara King, Chief City Services Officer said “A project of this magnitude could not be successfully achieved without a dedicated and hard working team working behind the scenes. It was a perfect example of officers working together with members and partners to deliver a simply breathtaking public structure, which the local communities can access and enjoy. With us pushing the health agenda more than ever, the new bridge provides convenient walking and cycling access and a critical link to the Taff Trail and surrounding areas. I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who has worked so hard with the team and I on this project, it’s really great to see the bridge come to life and see people actively using it.”

The work which began in October 2012, involved the refurbishment of the old railway bridge deck; the removal of the existing cantilevered walkways, parapets and stone ballast; steelwork repair; surface preparation; repainting and a new bridge deck surface and drainage system.

Historically the bridge provided a bypass loop from the former Radyr marshalling yard on to the Taff Valley Railway at Llandaff Station. The bridge played an important part for industries in the Glamorgan Valleys as it provided a link for distributing coal and freight.

The bridge is named as ‘Loop Bridge’ to remember the great impact it had on the industrial heritage of the area and to reflect the new circular walk it creates for the residents and park users.

As part of the opening event, Cardiff Walking for Health Organisation and Sustrans invited people to join in either an hour long group walk or to bring a bike and cycle with Sustrans from the newly refurbished bridge to Creigiau via Fairwater.

Lord Mayor Councillor Derrick Morgan officially opened the Bridge and said: “I was delighted to celebrate the completion of the renovations of the Loop Bridge, off Hailey Park, which has given the area a new lease of life and improved access between the Cardiff communities of Llandaff, Llandaff North and Radyr.”

It’s well worth a visit over the summer holidays, perfect for all the family to enjoy.

For more information visit www.outdoorcardiff.com or Email outdoor@cardiff.gov.uk or telephone: 029 207 85223.

Information Copy from Council Website

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