National Cycle Route 5 (Abergwyngregin- Talybont via the Roman Road) -UPDATE 15th April ’19

A55 Abergwyngregyn to Tai’r Meibion Enabling Works

On behalf of contractors, JONES BROS OF RUTHIN a statement was today (15-4-2019) issued in both English and Welsh to local residents and other parties, including the local CyclingUK team. and  Sustrans


We have been progressing well on the Roman road, widening scheme over the past few months.

We have successfully translocated over 800 metres of mature hedgerow before the start of the bird nesting season and completed BT Openreach and Scottish Power diversions.

Excavation of the old road revealed the presence of coal tar in the old road construction and the foundation to be in a poor condition. In line with current recycling goals and to promote sustainable construction practices, the coal tar will be re-processed on site, with a cement bound material, and used within the permanent works as a capping layer, rather than be taken off site and disposed of at a Licenced Landfill site. The foundation of the road will be strengthened and works will be carried out to provide protection for the high pressure gas main that passes under the Roman road.

During the recent periods of heavy rainfall, opportunities were identified on site to provide additional and enhanced drainage infrastructure to manage the runoff and stop the water from entering the highway drainage system and overloading it.  The enhanced highway drainage work is currently progressing well.

The additional work detailed above means that the completion of the works is now programmed for late July 2019.

Good News for Cycling and Walking.

Abergwyngregin-Talybont Roman Road temporary surface

Works within the area to the north of the site are now partially complete and from the 18th of April, we will provide a temporary access route for residents, pedestrians and cyclists through this part of the site until the completion of the works.

Traffic management arrangements for the four properties within the construction works area will be discussed on an individual basis with the residents affected, as traffic management arrangements for each property changes as the work progresses.

If you have any queries or require further information, please contact the following:

Robat Williams (Jones Bros Ruthin, Project manager)

E-mail or Telephone: 07787 100752

Earlier work in progress.

The construction team kindly invited CyclingUK reps Roy Spilsbury, John Mather & Richard Brunstrom to visit the site pending consideration of alternatives to the (VIDEO) challenging diversions in place in the initial stages  Very positive dialogue took place resulting in the much more satisfactory arrangement for non motorised users (NMUs) as indicated above.

Related article – later update on progress