On Monday 19/3/18 Hammonds of Aberdare were scheduled to begin work on behalf of Highways England on the air vent at Blaengwynfi. However it has been delayed by 1 week as equipment that they require could not be delivered on time because of the recent snow. They are expecting to start on Monday 26th. March. The work consists of the removal of the concrete cap and replacing it with a steel door system which will help get tools and machinery into the tunnel for the detailed examination at the end of April.
The work is expected to take about 4 weeks. When the Cap is removed, it will be the first time light of day has entered the Tunnel for nearly 40 years. "This is a major step forward for us here at the RTS said the Chairman Steve Mackey. When Hammonds of Aberdare finish their work, The Society members who hold Confined Space Training will enter through the new entry point at Blaengwynfi to level off the heap of rubble below the air vent.
This rubble is the remains of the air vent chimney stack that was visible back in the 'days of the working Tunnel'. The rubble needs to be levelled off to create a sturdy landing ground for Balfour Beatty.
Once that task is complete, then Balfour Beatty engineers enter and begin the long and crucial task of the detailed examination. this work is scheduled to last for over one week. Keep up to date by visiting us here on our Website, and our Facebook Page and of course Twitter. Don't forget to leave a comment on our progress, we value your thoughts and input.
RTS Trustees and Technical Team