Pont y Werin was an innovative proposal for a 140
metre bridge to enable pedestrians and
cyclists to cross the River Ely between Penarth
and the International Sports Village at Cardiff
The bridge was proposed to open to allow the passage of
river traffic and would also link up to a
future cycle route through to Barry and the Vale
The charity Sustrans
secured a £1.15 million
grant towards the scheme in the Big Lottery
Fund's: The people's £50Million contest in
December 2007 following a nationwide phone poll.
Cardiff Council committed a further £1.3 million
to the project and £200
000 was set aside
by the Vale of Glamorgan Council with a further
000 coming from Cardiff Harbour Authority.
this still left a shortfall in the
total project cost of £1.6 million and there
were worries that
the future of the bridge could
be at risk. However
the Welsh Assembly
Government eventually committed the £1.6 million
pound needed to complete the project to put the full funding for the bridge in place.
Without the bridge
there was no practical means
of pedestrian or cyclist access from Penarth to
the Sports Village and the very worrying
situation in which people
illegally walked or cycled along the
narrow strip alongside the main road link
crossing the river was continuing
potentially fatal consequences.
Work on the bridge construction had to wait on
the finalising of agreements between Cardiff and
the Vale councils regarding the building
processes. But eventually
in July 2009
Dyball Civil Engineering
a division of Balfour
Beatty Regional Civil Engineering
awarded a £3.4 million contract by Cardiff
Council for the design and construction of the
The bridge was finally opened to the public on
Wednesday 14th July 2010.
A link to the latest Google Streetview is provided below but please be aware that this may be somewhat out of date.