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PENARTH’S HIDDEN & FORGOTTEN SUBMARINE SUBWAY IS RE-APPRAISED

March 5, 2016

Penarth Daily News

Inside the Penarth Subway beneath the River Ely A rare colour photo showing the inside of Penarth’s pedestrian subway beneath the River Ely

An extraordinary 21st century analysis of one of Penarth’s major – but unsung – engineering triumphs,  the long-forgotten pedestrian tunnel beneath the River Ely, has now revealed  just how technically advanced the original Victorian design was.  

Computer generated scale image of what the tunnel looks like inside Computer generated scale image of what the tunnel looks like inside. The pipes carried hydraulic power, water and gas.

The pedestrian tunnel ran from what is now Plas Pamir, beneath the River Ely to the area where Cardiff Bay Yacht Club now stands. It was a thoroughfare linking both banks of the river – allowing  pedestrians, including hundreds of sailors and dockworkers, to cross the Ely without negotiating the muddy river banks and taking the chain ferry.

The engineering exercise re-appraising the tunnel – or “Subway” as it was called – is  part of a remarkable historical website…

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