The Cardiff Bay Barrage lies across the mouth of Cardiff Bay, Wales between Queen Alexandra Dock and Penarth Head. It was one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe during construction in the 1990s.
One of the major selling points of the proposed development was the opening up of a new pedestrian and cycle route across the barrage. This would not only enhance tourism on both sides but provide a pleasant and safe short-cut between Cardiff and Penarth, cutting two miles off the journey otherwise taken on the heavy-traffic roads further upstream. However, this benefit took years to materialise due to a lack of agreement between the derelict access land owners (Associated British Ports) and Cardiff Council. The "unfinished" barrage was the cause of much embarrassment to the Welsh Assembly.The CHA have made significant progess in the creation of bay edge walkway and have redeveloped a large portion of the previously unaccesible bay periphery. The barrage was finally completed and open to the public on Monday 30th June 2008, allowing public access from mermaid quay to penarth marina.
The Cardiff Harbour Authority has developed a Sea Angling zone on the outer breakwater arm. Catches are good and there has been positive feedback from both local and visiting anglers. For more information visit the CHA website.
The barrage has been short listed for the British Construction Industry Award (BCIA) to find the ‘Best of the Best’ construction project over the last 20 years .
According to two studies published in 2006, the loss of intertidal mudflats has resulted in the numbers and diversity of the birds using Cardiff Bay greatly reducing. Almost all of the Common Shelduck and shorebirds that used the bay when mud was exposed no longer feed there. Initially these birds used nearby sites to feed, but in most cases, this behaviour was not sustained, and the birds were unable to settle elsewhere. Common Redshanks displaced from Cardiff Bay settled at the nearby Rhymney estuary, but they exhibited lower body weight, and their annual survival rate declined from 85% to 78% as a result of lower levels of winter survival.
WALKING ON WATER; Fun for All the Family on a Trip to - and over - Cardiff Bay: Rachel Campbell and Her Husband Stuart Took Their Children Evelyn, Three, and Oscar, 10 Months, and Their Two Sausage Dogs to the Cardiff Bay Barrage for a Family Day Out
Oct 26, 2010; did you do when you got there? QWhat A It was a gorgeous autumn day. We parked on the Penarth side of the barrage in a pay and...