The long-awaited scheme to re-engineer the layout of the Plassey St / Windsor Road junction seems about to get under way at long last.
The scheme was supposed to have started under the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Labour administration in 2013 – and was due to have been completed in the year 2014/15 – but nothing happened.
Now specialist contractors have – at last – been called-in to begin preparatory work.
The initial phase involves finding out exactly where all the water, gas and electricity cables are laid. Apparently no accurate plan exists of exactly where every pipe runs and there’s no information on how deeply they are buried.
The contractors have had to start from square one – plotting the run of every utility duct including the Virgin cable tv/phone and internet cables which were originally installed in the 1990s by the now defunct American firm CableTel.
The Windsor Road/Plassey St junction was reduced to single lane working yesterday whilst surveyors painstakingly plotted all the underground pipes and cables which lie – somewhere – beneath the tarmac surface.
The current Plassey St/Windsor Road junction is essentially a “Y” junction which – unusually – incorporates a roundabout. Drivers heading towards Cardiff along Windsor Road have to yield to vehicles coming down the “Plassey Street-slope” to their right in order to give them precedence and to traffic coming from Cogan into Penarth Town Centre.
Meanwhile drivers on the Plassey Street-slope, heading to Cardiff, seem, by custom and practice, to yield to Penarth-bound traffic (heading for the town centre) long before that traffic has even reached the roundabout .
If it’s bad for motorists through, it’s even worse for pedestrians. There is precious little help in the current layout for any pedestrians attempting to cross any of these roads.
The pavement on the right-hand (Cardiff-bound) side of Windsor Road has been blocked off by railings for a number of years because the slope above it is allegedly unstable . Yet there is no means for any pedestrian at this point to cross safely to the other side of the road where there actually is a usable pavement. (See PDN https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=871&action=edit and https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=934&action=edit)
The junction re-alignment scheme was originally set to be funded with “Section 106 money” derived from the Penarth Heights development.