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Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valleys - The New Road.

Ynyshir Railway Station 1922

Ynyshir Railway Station 1922

From 2005 onwards work began on the new road through the Valleys. My good friend and someone who went to school with me in Ynyshir - Mr Steve Robbins - is going to keep us up to date with a pictorial record of the changes. His photographs and those of Mr Brian Williams and Mike Reakes are below, and for these I am indebted. As usual on this website, hover over them for a description, and click on them to see full size.

 

Ynyshir Rails gone 2005

Ynyshir - the rails had been lifted by 2005

Ynyshir - Station Bridge before demolition

Ynyshir - Station Bridge before demolition

Railway Bridge and St Anne's Church

Railway Bridge and St Anne's Church

Station Bridge Demolished Aug 2005

Station Bridge Demolished Aug 2005

Ynyshir - Llanwonno Bridge demolition August 2005

Ynyshir - Llanwonno Bridge demolition August 2005

Remains of the bridge over the Maindy

Remains of the bridge over the Maindy

The view from Ynyshir Road to the Maindy

The view from Ynyshir Road to the Maindy

Temporary crossing from Church Terrace

Temporary crossing from Church Terrace

Ynyshir Hall before demolition

Ynyshir Hall before demolition

A view of the road workings from the Rheola Bridge in Porth

A view of the road workings from the Rheola Bridge in Porth

Demolition work on the Ynyshir Hall

Demolition work on the Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall being demolished in August 2005

Ynyshir Hall being demolished in August 2005

A view from Heath Terrace August 2005

A view from Heath Terrace August 2005

A view of the road works at the lower end of Ynyshir

A view of the road works at the lower end of Ynyshir

Work progresses on the new road near the river August 2005

Work progresses on the new road near the river August 2005

Work continues in January 2006

Work continues in January 2006 - photo courtesy of Brian Williams.

.......and for those of you who do no remember Ynyshir Rail Station, or stood on its' platform waiting for a steam train to Barry Island or Porthcawl, this is how the railway station looked back in 1922. The photo shows that there used to be a platform each side of the rails, whereas I only remember the main platform (nearest camera). Click on photo to see full size.

More photos of the work on the road as it progressed, taken in 2006.

Ynyshir, The new Station Bridge 2006

Ynyshir, The new Station Bridge 2006

Ynyshir, The new road and Church Terrace 2006

Ynyshir, The new road and Church Terrace 2006


And finally, the new road opened on December 22nd 2006 - photos courtesy of Michael Reakes:-

The new road looking South from Ynyshir to Porth

The new road looking South from Ynyshir to Porth

Ynyshir, The new road which opened 22nd Dec 2006

The new road through Ynyshir looking North

And finally, a view looking North in 1970

And finally, a view looking North in 1970

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