Traffic Nightmares – let's take direct action!

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    No I am not but I do know that the course has four holes that cross the lane. It is simply not a case of compulsoty pruchasing a 1 meter strip as you suggest! They would need to compulsory purchase significantly more as they would need to make it two lanes and include pavements etc.

    As a result the golf course would no longer function as a golf course as from a health and safety point of view you couldn’t have players hitting balls over a main road! At that point the membership may as well sell the land for residential development and take a share of the millions of pounds that they would get for the land!

    I seriously doubt it is a viable option.



    RE: Fordd las, no need to involve that at all. The lane extends north and westward that. It terminates about 15 metres from Bryn Derwen. Im sure 15 metres of tarmac can be justified for a £3 billion pound, 8000 house development.



    2 lanes may not be necessary…. passing places and/or an alternating one way system would do the trick. Flying golfballs are also not a problem. If the tees don’t already point away from the road (and Id be surprised if they didn’t) then strategic netting could be placed. There are tens of thousands of golf courses next to roads all over the world.



    Like I said the already hit over the road in four places so netting will make no difference. You too are obviously noyt a golfer!



    The council has no interest in making our lives pleasant, in fact I have been of the opinion for a long time that Cardiff Council is prejudiced against Radyr.
    When the railway yards were operating, the access road to the yards was from Llandaff North bridge along the river.
    Originally that was going to be a second entry/exit to the estate but the council stopped it. They wanted all vehicles to go in and out via Heol Isaf only.
    It was pointed out if that one access road was closed for any reason all those on the estate would be trapped, but the council did not care.

    As for using public transport, the busses are stationary in the traffic queues, and the trains are full.



    Old timer, you just said it… they already hit over the road. It’s a public road, I could drive up it right now yet they already hit over it. What will change about that situation if they give it alternating one way access? I really don’t think this is an insurmountable problem for a £3 billion development and strategic issue for Cardiff council.



    Having lived in Radyr for nearly 50 years and seen the amount of development and the arguements that have been unsuccessfully put to the Council time and time again to try and prevent development and to tackle congestion I agree with Oldman. The Coucil hare prejudiced against Radyr and Morganstown.

    Call me a sceptic but the Council have no interest in finding a solution. Your suggestion about laybys and passing points would be merely be scratching the surface and is not a solution. It simply would not address the problem.

    If they make the lane a road to facilitate a second access into the village it will simply encourage traffic off heol Isaf and up into the the main residential part and make Radyr’s roads even more dangerous for the residents.



    some good points Oldtimer… but that ‘main residential area’ as you call it already has traffic calming, is wider and has wider pavements than Heol Isaf. It also has no schools along it whereas Heol Isaf has 2 and hundreds, if not thousands of children walking along its narrow pavements each day. Purely on road safety consideration, Bryn Derwen is ironically more suited to high volumes of traffic and illegal HGVs than Heol Isaf is.

    I am in agreement with you though. Golf club lane would be a sticking plaster at best. I only raise it because it is affordable and it is now too late to do anything else!



    Much as I agree that some of you have lived here for many years and, seen the council fob you off, times are changing !

    I suspect there plenty of well intended idea’s to resolve the traffic chaos, but that there are not many, if any, people who have all the answers. This is a safety issue, not a convenience issue, the principle here is that the planners and highway experts are paid to sort this out, they have done so in many Cardiff wards, but not Radyr and Morganstown, not because they can’t, but because there has been no pressure, no incentive, no money and all the other excuses etc etc.

    20 years ago you had no facebook, you wrote letters, faxes at best, now, a 650 signature petition magically sorted and delivered in a couple of weeks, Blondie and others have organised a mass residents protest in a matter of 6 weeks that had an immediate and transforming effect, changing people’s attitudes from complaining about the issues, to doing something positive and physical, standing their ground about the issues, which produced results.

    Can you honestly imagine the council (or the police) doing nothing if the residents took action on a “Big slow down” every week ? maybe on bin collection days, they are relying on us doing little or nothing, but times are changing and social media makes things happen much much quicker now, have a bit of faith, the alternative I am afraid is that it will only get worse, far far worse !



    Bravo, da iawn and well done on that one Manb! Cant fault you on any of that… except for maybe this

    “highway experts are paid to sort this out, they have done so in many Cardiff wards”

    Its definitely ‘all’ and not ‘many’. There are no other schools in Cardiff that don’t have tabled crossings outside, there are no other built up areas which have pedestrian crossings no closer than 550 metres apart, and there are no other areas where the speeding rate is 81% right in the middle. Radyr stands alone on all those fronts… to the shame of all those that have had the ability to change it.



    The main concern to golf club members (I am one, so declare an interest) is the development by the side of the 2nd and 5th fairways.

    Nets are horribly unaesthetic and are expensive and difficult to maintain. A tree or hedge line is the natural boundary to a golf course.

    And as for nuisance to road users, the law is perfectly clear.



    I have only been a resident of Radyr for past 7 to 8 ye=rs but the traffic situation has significantly worsened during that time.

    I watched a black VW golf overtake a van at highspeed at around 8am Saturday morning on Heol Isaf just pas the monument (going way to fast to get a reg. no.). I have also seen lots of cars drive through the red light by the Spar. I really don’t like speed cameras but this seems the only way to address this issue before someone is seriously injured or worse. Now is the time to apply maximum pressure while housing developers are keen to keep sway with Cardiff Council (who appear don’t care) and can pay money towards traffic calming measures. I think the ‘go slow’ protest was excellent and the best way to force the Council to take notice (as the police have to attend and are therefore committing resource to this).


    Old Timer and Heol Isaf share a lot of common ground. The future is to have urban and village traffic flowing at a steady 20mph -it produces a steadier speed and a greater environmental and road safety benefit.

    Two facts will govern our next ten years, (1) Radyr and Morganstown will be conurbanised; and, (2) Radyr and Morganstown will either develop as pedestrian friendly roads with an increase in traffic traveling at a steady 20mph (hopefully, with alternative transport modes taking up an increasing amount of capacity; or, it will remain a speedy, dangerous and unsafe road that creates a climate of fear and intimidation for people who live, work, learn and play here.

    I, for one, am glad that residents are militant, on behalf of our vulnerable residents and quality of life and that the County Councillor and Community Council are focused on getting the right future.



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