B4285

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B4285
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From:  Troed-y-rhiw (SO071024)
To:  Merthyr Vale (ST077996)
Via:  Aberfan
Distance:  2.3 miles (3.7 km)
Meets:  A4054
Highway Authorities

Merthyr Tydfil

Traditional Counties

Glamorgan

Route outline (key)
B4285 Troed-y-rhiw - Merthyr Vale
This article is about the current B4285.
For the original B4285, between Cymer and Glyncorrwg further west, see B4285 (Cymer - Glyncorrwg)
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For a later B4285 between Crynant and Banwen, which is now part of the A4109, see B4285 (Crynant - Banwen).
Aberfan Road, looking north
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The B4285 is a loop off the A4054 (former A470), serving the village of Aberfan. The road was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.

The road starts on the A4054 in Troed-y-rhiw and heads west along the traffic-calmed Bridge Street under the railway line by the station and then over the River Taff. On the far side the road bears sharply left and heads south along Glantaff Road, presently losing the speed bumps and entering open country.

We continue downstream along the valley bottom and it's not long before we reach the long, narrow village of Aberfan. At the first roundabout encountered in the village a new road opened in late 2015 bypasses the narrow streets in the shadow of the site of the October 1966 tip collapse that wiped out 116 villagers, mostly children. The site of the former Pantglas school, now a garden of remembrance, is signposted from this point. The bypass also takes traffic away 1912 vintage bridge at Nixonville which was subject to a weight limit and has since been demolished as part of a flood relief scheme, leaving the multi-coloured houses disguising the many scars this village has to bear in a cul-de-sac with a footbridge linking the two sides.

Rejoining the original alignment there is a steep climb back up to the A4054, which is really par for the course in the valleys of South Wales. As ever, the new road construction has erased virtually all evidence that there was heavy coal mining in this area, particularly given the line of the road is directly across the former Merthyr Vale colliery; the regeneration of the valleys marches on and new employment opportunities are created.



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