Taff Tail barriers, Caerphilly <> Taffs Well

I originally logged this idea with RCT council back in May by sending the following email:

I am writing to request that the barriers marked in the attached map be removed:
These barriers are both physical & psychological barriers to use of the Taff Trail by all users. On 3 of the marked 5 barriers it is almost impossible to get a wheelchair through due to the nature of these barriers.

Cardiff Design guide contains the following (I am unsure if there is an RCT document?):

“Access barriers on off-road routes should not be installed unless there is proven need”
I logged a FOI request with South Wales Police to find this “proven need”, using the postcodes covered by the 5 locations that I have marked on the map attached. They have advised that there have been just 5 incidents in 5 years (2010-2014) in these area’s in regards to off road motorbikes/scramblers. Please see attached response 245 15.pdf for detailed information.
Design guide also says the following:”Access barriers should only be installed with the agreement of the Council’s Equalities team.”

Could you advise if this is the case? I would like to see the reasoning behind their agreement- as it seems that these barriers would block numerous disabled cycles. See attached document for some examples of disabled cycles that users would be prevented from using.
Finally, I am unsure if you are aware that another cyclist has started a petition to have all of the barriers you have installed removed here:
I didn’t get a reply on this item for months & months- & finally I raised this as a formal complaint. I ended up meeting Ray Edwards (RCT), Jessica White (RCT – Road Safety) & Gwyn Smith (Sustrans)  on 30th July to discuss what could be done. At that meeting it was discussed that at least 1 of the barriers could be removed (closet to Taffs Well) as this served no purpose. The other barriers would be consider after the drainage (See blog post here).
Hope to post an update on this soon!

Forest Farm Road – Update #2 – complete

It’s been a little while since I last wrote about this issue here  & then again here, but I have good news!


The council have finally fixed this issue. Although it isn’t tarmac- & rather a loose gravel for now at least it means that you can cycle around the gate without being forced off. More importantly- it means that disabled users can actually use this route! Many thanks to Cardiff Council for (finally) fixing this.