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Cardiff Council reveals progress on Churchill Way dock feeder canal

Drone footage shows the progress being made so far on the Churchill Way dock feeder canal development in Cardiff (pic: Kinghts Brown/Cardiff Council)

CARDIFF Council has revealed footage showing the continued progress of work to develop the city’s new canal quarter.

Drone footage, produced by Knights Brown and made available to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) by the council, shows bridges and viewing platforms being put in place on Churchill Way.

The development, which involves the exposure of the old dock feeder canal for the first time in over 70 years, is set to be completed in late summer 2023.

A Cardiff Council spokesperson said the current work taking place on site includes the building of concrete structures which will form the public realm area, bridges and a viewing platform.

Paving works have also started and the council added that they are expecting the area to be open to the public from September 2023.
The dock feeder canal on Churchill Way was covered up between 1948 and 1950.

It serviced the 25-mile-long Glamorganshire Canal from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff which brought steel and iron down to the city.

The dock-feeder also provided water to the docks in Cardiff Bay to ensure the docks could operate 24 hours a day, even at low tide.

Its uncovering is part of a wider masterplan to create a new public space with rain gardens, outdoor seating and an amphitheatre-style outdoor performance area.

Approved by Cardiff Council’s Cabinet in May 2021, the project will interlink Bridge Street, David Street, Charles Street, Tredegar Street, Guildford Crescent and Barrack Lane.

It is also hoped that the mixed-use development will attract homes, hotels, hospitality, high-quality offices, leisure and retail units.

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With funding from the City Deal and Welsh Government, other improvements will be made, including a new cycleway on Station Terrace, wider pavements and improved crossing facilities around Cardiff Queen Street train station, and a new improved junction between Adam Street and Churchill Way.

The funding to bring back the dock feeder canal has been provided by Cardiff Council.