This is the recently-completed road bridge into Bute Park from North Road. This photograph is taken at the western end of the bridge, looking east towards North Road.

The bridge is part of controversial changes to Bute Park to provide a new access route for lorries to enter and leave the park. Before this bridge over the Bute Dock Feeder was built, lorries had to enter and leave by one of the main pedestrian routes behind Cardiff Castle.

Despite sustained opposition from the public, and a motion of opposition, Cardiff Council (controlled by the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru at the time) pushed ahead with the construction of this new bridge, which opened in 2010.

For myself, I can understand why making a new entry route into the park for lorries and service vehicles would be beneficial. What I don’t understand is why they didn’t align the eastern end of the bridge with the existing road junction, allowing vehicles to enter and leave the park from all directions. All exiting vehicles are forced to turn north, and their only opportunities to then change route after that are either at Maindy or Gabalfa Roundabout.

The Controversial Bridge

New Bridge Over The Bute Dock Feeder

Post and Walkers

Traffic Control On The New Bridge

Steel Cables On The New Bridge

Steel Cables and Post on the New Bridge

References:

http://no2lorriesinbutepark.blogspot.com/
http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2010/04/16/green-activists-protest-bute-park-bridge-cycle-lanes/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/7294834.stm
http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=243752
http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2010/03/30/bute-park-a-tear-is-shed/
http://www.buteparksalliance.org/Council_250609.html

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Keep Clear

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It was a set of weathered garage doors in mid-Wales that first sparked my interest in this kind of shot many years ago, and ever since then I always seem to come across the most interesting of textured doors whenever I don’t have my DSLR with me. (What’s that I hear? A combined laptop/camera bag for Christmas from my wife? That would be lovely). Thankfully, compact cameras are pretty good these days, so when I come across a set as interesting as these, I don’t have to completely miss the shot. And this set is my choice of desktop wallpaper for today.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for the last of this week’s choices.

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Beneath Brunel's Bridge

The view from Mill Street, Pontypridd, looking up at one of the TVR bridges built by Brunel in 1840.

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Padlocked Window

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I hope you’re enjoying the FIFA World Cup as much as I’ve been. I was very impressed by the way Germany set about demolishing their first opponents, and by how well the North Koreans stood up to Brazil last night. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one hoping they’d get an equaliser in the dying moments of the game!

Continuing this week’s theme of doors and other openings, I spotted this amusing (well, I found it amusing anyway) sight on a recent walk to the Linear Park in Bath. I don’t think there’s any danger of this window grill making an imminent escape now that it has been secured by the ubiquitous padlock, do you? I hope you enjoy it as my choice of desktop wallpaper today.

(As an aside, this one is worth a look at full-size, just to show off the amount of detail that the Canon IXUS 200 can capture … When you compare it to what (say) the Nikon D300s + 50mm f/1.4 lens can do, and then compare the costs, I think this compact camera does alright).

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Cycle Hire Pedal Power

At the western end of Cardiff Council’s controversial new road bridge into Bute Park, I noticed this striking sign directing people entering the park over the new bridge to where they can hire a bike to cycle around the park.

I think cycling is a great way to explore Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields, and you’ve always got the choice to cycle down the Taff Trail to Cardiff Bay and the barrage.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Roller Door

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My choice of wallpaper today is this shot of a garage door in a very fashionable suburb of a very fashionable city. It is one of many such doors, and walking around I was struck by the idea of how absurd it all seemed to me. We value things over fellow people so much that we build little houses for our things (i.e. garages for cars) whilst houses for people stand empty, or are crammed into tiny spaces (or worse, one on top of the other) so that families have little or no gardens, and no-one has room to simply breathe and relax.

Is it me, or do we sometimes get our priorities badly wrong on this tiny little island of ours?

I’ll be back tomorrow with another desktop wallpaper choice to share with you.

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No Visitors Please

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Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend, with great weather to match. And I hope you’re back for another week of my desktop wallpaper choices 🙂

My choices this week are all around doorways and other openings that have caught my eye. To start off, my desktop wallpaper today is this rather odd sight: there’s a letterbox, even a house number, but no door. Looks most unusual, doesn’t it?

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Passing Beneath Catherine Street

The old subway linking Pontypridd’s market and shopping area with the new car park development on Catherine Street.

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The Lonely Cone

Seen looking out of a window in Pontypridd town centre.

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Waiting For The Lift

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My desktop wallpaper choice today is another poor attempt at humour (you think this is bad … you should have heard my joke band when I was at university …). When I saw this energy drink can propped against the lift call button, I smiled at the idea that maybe this drinks can was just too tired to take the stairs, and was waiting for the lift like everyone else.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices this week. I’ll be back on Monday with more of the same. Have a good weekend.

PS: in case you missed my earlier choices this week, here they are all together:

You're *Not* Coming In

Railings On The Taff

Wet Lights

I Love Pies

Waiting For The Lift

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