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Five Mile Lane upgrade advances

posted 26 Jun 2014, 04:13 by Ian Perry   [ updated 26 Jun 2014, 04:36 ]
Plans to trunk the A48 through St. Nicholas took another step towards completion today with the announcement that an environmental impact assessment on realigning the road is to be undertaken.

Five Mile Lane would be upgraded, through widening and straightening, as it was towards Sycamore cross in the 1980's, with evidence suggesting a new stretch of road through the woodlands north of Barry.

From the councils documents:

The proposal is to make use of the existing and improved part of the highway and to align the more winding and rural section of the road. The alignment will begin 1.5km from Sycamore Cross and will again meet the existing road approximately 1km from the Weycock cross roundabout.  
The proposed alignment will include a combination of earthworks and ‘in cutting to widen and align the road over this distance. The road will be widened from 7.3m to 9.3m. The proposals may involve underpasses and overbridges to provide access to plots to the west of the site. The works will also include drainage works, which are likely to require attenuation of water on land adjacent to the new 

The document continues, stating in regards to St Nicholas and Bonvilston: is considered that the construction works, as well as the improvements and capacity of the road to take more traffic, are likely to have significant impacts on many of these communities by virtue of noise, disruption and ultimately the increase of traffic. 

Walesonline reports:

An investigation has been ordered into the possible environmental impact of improvement plans on a South Wales “danger road”.

The plans centre on the Five Mile Lane which connects Barry at the Weycock Cross roundabout with the Sycamore Cross junction on the A48.

The road is regarded as an essential part of the highway network leading to the St Athan-Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone.

The road is also one of the most dangerous in the Vale of Glamorgan and various improvements and safety measures have already been carried out.

The proposed improvements by the Welsh Government, which will have to be approved by the Vale of Glamorgan council, stem from the proposals to trunk the route to Cardiff Airport via Culverhouse Cross, Sycamore Cross, Five Mile Lane and Cardiff Airport.

The assessment will have to be done as part of the application.

In his decision letter, Rob Thomas, the Vale council’s director of development services said: “Having regard to the key issues, the planning authority is of the view that the characteristics and location of the site are such that the potential impacts of the development are likely to be significant on the environment.

“Accordingly, it is considered that there is a requirement for a formal Environmental Impact Assessment to be submitted.”

The proposal includes using an upgraded road immediately off the A48 at Sycamore Cross and road alignment work which will require access to farms and other properties in the area, including the Barry Woodlands Site of Special Scientific Interest.