The Rhondda Tunnel Society will hold Surgeries in Blaengwynfi and Blaencwm for residents to come along and air their views and concerns they have with the Rhondda Tunnel Project.
The Surgeries will be held At the G2 and the Hendrewen.
The Blaencwm Surgery will be held on Tuesday, March the 13th from 3pm until 8.30 pm in the Hendrewen Hotel and in the G2 on Tuesday the 20th of March from 3pm until 8.30pm. Our Engineers will be there to answer all you questions.
Tea/Coffee and Biscuits will be available and residents who attend will be given an exclusively prepared pamphlet of the project. We are looking forward to meeting the people of the villages. So please come along if you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with us, or if you just want to see how much progress has been made in the 3 and a half years since the inception of the Society.
Due to the heavy rainfall over the last few days, The Rhondda Tunnel Society have decided to postpone the Geotechnical Survey of the Portals in Blaencwm and Blaengwynfi as the ground is waterlogged and would make an unnecessary mess of the area. We are now going to wait until the ground is much more suitable (Drier) For further information, please contact : - 01443 776665.
On Wednesday 31st January, A Geotechnical Survey of the Material that was used to infill the cuttings at Blaencwm and Blaengwynfi Portals will take place. The Survey will take place over a few days. Although it is known that Colliery waste was used as infill, We still have to be sure that there is no contamination . The Survey consists of drilling a few small holes all the way down to the old railway track bed and taking small samples. Larger holes will be dug as well to see what debris is in with the infill. No disruption to the Village is likely, and all holes and ground work will be put back as it was before the contractors leave the site. If you have any queries, please contact the RTS Office at Treorchy. 01443 776665.
The contractor (Earth Science Partnership of Taff's Well) has just reported to us that the sites are both waterlogged, so we are going to postpone them until the sites have had a chance to dry out, probably in the spring.
The Chairman, Project Secretary and the Treasurer of the RTS will be visiting Brussels to meet with various officials in regards of securing funding from the EU before Brexit for the Rhondda Tunnel Project. The visit is being sponsored so it comes at no cost to the Society whatsoever.
The first meeting will be with MEO Jill Evans and the RTS Trustees and they will meet with Joaquín de Santos, representative of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
Our RTS Trustees will then meet the following day outside European Parliament (Place de Luxembourg facing entrance) for registration and security checks.
A meeting with Piotr Rapacz, Co-ordinator for Urban Mobility and Cycling Focal Point for DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission.
Another meeting with Michael Cramer MEP, Die Grünen (German Green Party) former chair of Transport and Tourism Committee and Cycling Enthusiast.
Then a meeting with Ed Lancaster, Senior Policy Officer, European Cyclists Federation.
TBC meeting with European Commission: -
Guus Muikers, Senior Administrator for ERDF in Wales
Vincent Leiner, Team Leader Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO. So, a packed Schedule and Challenging to say the least. Fingers crossed, we may come from there with some good news. This will very much raise the profile of the project and whatever the Brexit outcome, it will be a great help in gaining future support for the project.
Rhondda Tunnel Soc. members are welcome to join us on a visit to the Glamorgan Archives on Tues. 6th. Feb. at 14:30. There will be a tour of the archive and a chance to examine a collection of documents on the Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway and the Rhondda Tunnel. If you want to come, please email us via this website (CONTACT). The archive is near Cardiff City Football Stadium (not the Principality / Millenium stadium).
This was the second meeting at which we showed off our promotion video and some spectacular photos of the inside of the tunnel. Great to welcome Cllrs. Geraint Davies and Will Jones from Plaid Cymru, and everyone who came. The promotion video is now available on Youtube and we shall be putting some of the photos on to this website as soon as we can. We have been asked to delay publishing them until a magazine article in February.
A great meeting in the G2, Blaengwynfi. It was also great to see Stephen Kinnock MP and David Rees AM make a surprise visit. It was great to see you gentlemen and thank you for you contribution. The next meeting will take place at the Ton Pentre Football Club at 7.30 next Thursday 18th January 2018. Please come along to see the stunning new exclusive photos from inside the Tunnel, the latest Ben Salter videos and our promotional film and get the latest on the project. On sale will be our 2018 calendars, torches, badges and "The Boy in the Dark" book. Why not bring a friend with you! From left to right: - Ben Salter, David Rees AM,. Steve Mackey, Chairman RTS, Stephen Kinnock MP, Tony Moon Project Secretary, Tom Green, RTS Trustee.
We have received the results of the topographical surveys and need to check on the plans that are based on them. We concluded that the plans are basically sound. There will need to be a short retaining wall to hold back a bank at one side of the stream and we shall need a new bridge over the stream. We also had a search to find the route of the water that drains out of the tunnel and we did not find it. We shall have to try again during the detailed examination. We went up the side of the hill above the portal to see if there was anything that might show how the water is getting into the tunnel, but again there was no obvious feature. We did find an iron stake sticking out of the ground which might have been one of the markers used to establish the line of the tunnel on the surface when they first constructed it.
There will be two meetings for members in January at which we will be showing:
- The set of spectacular photos that Graeme Bickerdike took on the recent walk through the tunnel
- Ben Salter's fine simulations of the days when coal and rail were kings at both sides of the tunnel
- Some photos showing just how much the landscape has changed since
- The Rhondda Tunnel Society publicity video
As well as news on progress with the project.
The meetings will both start at 7:30 pm as follows:
Thursday 11th. January at the G2 in Blaengwynfi SA13 3TD
Thursday 18th. January at Ton Pentre Football Club CF41 7AF
As it is the middle of winter and the weather could be bad, please check this page or the RTS Facebook page before you set out in case we have to postpone either meeting.
All members welcome and you can join the Rhondda Tunnel Society at the door.
The grant that the RTS won from the Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund is being implemented as work packages from different contractors. The first one has been completed by Alpine Land Surveyors Ltd. of Hirwaun. They have surveyed land around the tunnel portals which may be used to receive the fill from the material that is to be excavated from the approach cuttings. The Technical Subcommittee is pleased with their work which will help the RTS to develop some ambitious proposals to encourage lots of people to experience the tunnel, both as walkers and cyclists but also taking part in sporting events. Below is a sample of the maps that Alpine have produced - this one is the bridleway alongside the stream at Blaencwm.