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Church village bypass

Bypass benefits the whole community

Community is at the heart of everything we do. So we were thrilled when Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council called on us for the £90 million Church Village Bypass.

The 6.5 kilometre single carriageway scheme significantly reduced traffic on the congested A473. Improving road safety, noise and vibration, and air quality for residents and businesses.

A £3 million pedestrian and cycle route ran the length of the scheme, linking communities and providing a safe, sustainable transport option.

The scheme also involved protecting local dormice, great-crested newts, badgers, marsh fritillary butterflies, otters, reptiles and bats.

The project created 37 entry-level jobs, raised over £50,000 for charity, and awarded over 75% of subcontracts and material orders to local businesses.

The team took the project through acquiring the land, a successful Public Inquiry, planning applications and solutions for a range of environmental issues.

Opened in September 2010 and funded through a Welsh Assembly Transport Grant, the project saved more than £37 million. We achieved this with:

  • Highway realignments (vertical and horizontal)
  • Pre-cast bridge structures, cutting costs and time
  • Earthworks balance on all site won material
  • Reusing 300,000 tyres as earthwork retaining features
  • Simplifying access road alignments
  • Redesigning utility diversions

More than 99% of the construction waste was diverted from landfill. Site offices were also fitted with heat and light insulation, motion-sensing lighting, low-energy equipment, and a rainwater system for the toilets.

The site team achieved the significant safety goal of 1,000,000 man-hours without a reportable accident.

The team won three gold ROSPA and had an AFR of 0.07, significantly less than the industry average of 0.5.

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