Five Mile Lane Improvements Project

The Five Mile Lane Improvements Project aims to improve safety along the existing A4226 (Five Mile Lane) road between the A48, Sycamore Cross junction to the Weycock Cross in Barry. 

 

The existing road is a single carriageway road. The scheme involves a combination of improvements including:

  • Construction of a new road that bypasses the winding central section of the existing road.

  • Improved access and safety for non-motorised users in the form of a bridge and combined footway and cycleway.

  • Works to improve the drainage for the existing carriageway.

  • Introduction of 60mph speed limit from Sycamore Cross to the Welsh Hawking Centre.

  • Safe crossing for equestrian users.

 

The existing road will remain open after the scheme is completed to provide local access to various farms along its length and as a safer route option for non-motorised users. The only vehicular access to and from this road will be from the three proposed junctions linking to the new road. All other footpaths and street lighting along the existing Five Mile Lane will remain unchanged.

 

  • Bridleway

    The design submitted for planning permission incorporates a new bridleway which runs from an access point on part of the existing A4226 and will run northwards on the western side of the new road scheme, over a newly constructed bridge at Sutton farm and will continue northwards on the eastern side of the new road up to the side road adjacent Northcliffe Cottage. This will provide a safe route for both pedestrians and horses. 
  • Cycleway/footway

    Proposed route would run from Weycock roundabout up to the layby but on the western side. Then via the old Five Mile lane (which is being closed to vehicular traffic at either end). Then a new cycleway/footway from Blackland farm up to Sycamore cross, again on the western side. 

 

Drop-In Sessions 

First Wednesday of month

There will be a drop-in sessions on the first Wednesday of each month between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at the Griffiths site office (First right after the speed camera if heading from Barry).

Roadworks and Closures 

 

14 weeks from Monday 8 March 2019

Convoy traffic control in place between 7.30am and 5.00pm. Please note there will also be a restricted carriageway width of 2.900m. For alternative route please telephone PLO officer on 0330 0414635.

 

June/July 2019 - Sycamore Cross to Amelia Trust Farm

Three weekend closures will be in place from 9.00pm Friday until 6:00am Monday from Sycamore Junction to Amelia Trust – resident access only via permit.

 

Road Closure

A4226 Five Mile from Amelia Trust Farm to the Sycamore Cross junction. Overnight closure for 16 consecutive Friday nights (11.00pm to 7.00am), commencing 01 March 2019.

 

Reduced Speed Limit

A new speed limit of 30mph has been introduced from Sycamore Cross junction to the Weycock roundabout. This is to protect the workforce working in the vicinity of the highway and enable the safe completion of the necessary construction works for the Five Mile Lane Improvements.

  

Northbound Closure: Weycock Cross to Welsh Hawking Centre 

Date: 07 January 2018

Duration: Approximately 12 weeks 

Details:  Approximately half a mile of the current road will need to be closed in a northbound direction only from the Weycock Cross roundabout to the Welsh Hawking Centre for a period of 12 weeks.

 

Local diversions will be in place during the closure.

 

 

Progress Updates

 

  • December 2018

     
  • October 2018

    The results of good summer weather are evident on site. The large operation to move 100,000m3 of material offline to form the new road profile was completed ahead of programme.

     

     

  • August 2018

    View of the road near Sutton Fach Farm, showing ongoing top soiling of the banking and installation of lined drainage channels.

    Topsoiled cut area viewed south from Ch2800
    Topsoiled cut as viewed south from Ch 2550

    Sycamore Cross

     

  • July 2018

    The Topsoil Strip has been completed across the majority of the site and bulk excavation has now started at Sutton Fach Farm. Excavation work has also commenced on drainage ponds throughout the project. All Archaeology work has now finished with the exception of the area between the Hawking Centre and Weycock roundabout.

     

    bulk excavation at Sutton Fach Farm.
    topsoil strip on the proposed new road.

  

Plans and Documents

On 25 January 2016 the Council resolved to make both the Compulsory Purchase Order and the Side Roads Order for the purposes of facilitating the delivery of a scheme of construction, improvement and other works to improve the A4226 Five Mile Lane .

 

 

Five Mile Lane Documents

Beech TreeLandscape and Biodiversity 

A key component of the scheme will be its landscape and biodiversity design. Existing trees, woodland and hedgerows will be retained wherever possible to help mitigate any adverse landscape, visual amenity and ecological impacts. Work will include the planting of:

  • Broadleaf woodland

  • Native mixed-species hedgerows

  • Individual trees

  • Species-rich and amenity grassland

  • Earthworks

Land adjacent to the Scheme will be planted with locally present native woodland species to mitigate for the loss of habitat and provide screening and landscape integration.

North Range SMR  16bArchaeological Work

Rubicon Heritage commissioned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to undertake a programme of archaeological investigation associated with the A4226 road improvement scheme

 

Throughout the archaeological project Rubicon liaised with the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff University and Cadw with representative of all three institutions visiting the sites during excavation work. 

 

The project has provided a wide range of very significant evidence for the archaeology and history of the area from early prehistory (3500BC) through to the Roman period (1st to 4th centuries AD).

 

Archaeological Work on Land at Five Mile Lane