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Seen abandoned outside Cardiff University.

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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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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.

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A Sea of Daisies

Bute Park is one of the enduring legacies from the heady days of Cardiff’s wealth from being a major shipping port. Located in the north west corner of the city centre, just a few minutes walk from all of Cardiff’s major shopping areas, it offers open fields, river and canal banks, an arboretum, sculptures and art installations, cycle trails, and superbly-tendered plants and flowers. There’s even a stone circle.

And, in the midst of all this careful tendering, you also get wild plants and flowers that have seeded themselves, such as this wonderful carpet of daisies.

For many of the folks who work in Cardiff city centre, Bute Park offers a great place to escape during lunch hours, and is always popular with the students from the nearby Cardiff University.

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East Canal Wharf

From 1794 through to at least 1951, this was the East Canal Wharf of the Glamorganshire Canal.

In the foreground runs the GWR railway (the main Swansea to London line still in major use today), built by 1850 by the South Wales Railway Company, which would have had to have bridged the canal at this point.

The red brick building in the top-right is the remains of the York Hotel, which adjoins Custom House, once the administrative home of the Glamorganshire Canal when operations were moved from Navigation House in Navigation (modern-day Abercynon).

Behind where I’m stood today is Callahan Square, but in the past this would have been the wharfs that stretched all the way down to the River Taff over a mile away: Sea Lock Pond, the first of Cardiff’s great docks.

You can clearly see in this photo how the road under the GWR bridge has to drop for cars and buses to fit underneath. My guess is that the clearance was a lot less when this was still canal!

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

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Water Bus Stop in Bute Park

Just inside the entrance to Bute Park, there’s a bus stop for the Cardiff Waterbus service. The service started in 2000, and links the centre of Cardiff with the redeveloped docklands of Cardiff Bay.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bute_Park
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Waterbus
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/cardiffonline/cardiff-news/2010/04/28/a-decade-of-making-waves-for-waterbus-91466-26330343/

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Alleyway Beside The TVR

If you exit Cardiff Queen Street railway station (there’s just the one exit these days, to the west), turn left (so that you’re facing south), and start walking, you might miss this alleyway that continues to follow the TVR line south. It runs behind the masonic lodge and the various restaurants on Churchill Way, and today I suspect it is mostly used as a shortcut by students looking to get to the University of Glamorgan’s Atrium campus.

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

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Alleyway Light

Taken in the alleyway that runs behind the masonic lodge in the centre of Cardiff.

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

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Atrium Window and Ceiling Light

Seen from the alleyway that runs beside the University of Glamorgan’s Atrium site in Cardiff.

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

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Barbed Wire And Broken Window

Seen in the alleyway beside the Atrium in Cardiff.

Copyright (c) 2010 Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all).

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