New traffic free bridge provides active travel route in Llanelli
In August 2023, GD Harries successfully handed over the Llanelli A484 Active Travel Bridge to the client, Carmarthenshire County Council.
In August 2023, GD Harries successfully handed over a new bridge across the A484 at Trostre in Llanelli to the client, Carmarthenshire County Council. Within minutes of being opened, the new bridge welcomed its first users including several dog walkers and cyclists. As part of an active travel route, the £1.7 million bridge for pedestrians and cyclists completes the traffic free route that will link Hendy, Trostre and the Delta Lakes.
The bridge, which was designed by WS Atkins to be visually appealing as well as provide the best possible experience for pedestrians and cyclists, features a straight northern approach ramp and a curved southern off ramp. The bridge deck is 4 metres wide and has non-slip waterproof surface, with users protected by 1.4 metre high parapet handrails along its length.
GD Harries were appointed as the principal contractor for the project under the SWWRCECF (South West Wales Regional Civil Engineering Contractors Framework). We undertook piling works consisting of rotary bored, cast in place piles, reinforced concrete pier foundations, and retaining walls using TensarTech® GreenSlope System. The bridge spans 30.4 metres over the busy A484 and is finished with stainless steel handrailing with integrated lighting.
The bridge forms part of an active travel route that runs along the path of a disused railway line, connecting to works recently completed to Stebonheath and Coedcae schools as well as providing direct access to Parc Trostre retail area. The aim of the bridge is to provide a safe crossing over the A484 for pedestrians and cyclists which will in turn improve public health, reduce congestion, and provide practical alternatives to car use for local trips to help tackle climate change.