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cunningcorgi

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#32
I'll take a wander around town on Thursday using the map from the link.

I'll try and superimpose the link map over the city centre OS map and see what is what in both directions.
 

cunningcorgi

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#33
Just having an aerial look at Cardiff pre and post Millennium Stadium.

Pre Millennium Stadium -
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This picture will have been taken after the tunnels were completed.

The old exchange is the brown building with the car park in front and BT House (new exchange / tall building) behind. Park Street is to the direct right of this point and runs all the way down to the Taff and the old Empire Pool (building in bottom right of photo). Fitzhamon Embankment is street on the other side of the Taff.

Taking the map at face value, the spur under the Taff should run from BT House along Park Street to a point directly opposite on Fitzhamon Embankment. The drive to the main work site shaft in Adam Street should run from BT House in an initially 2pm direction as you look (the exchange in Adam Street is now gone and the building and / or the site of it has been developed by the university for their huge whatever it is).

The drive to the north shaft should run from BT House along the street at the top of the stadium to the junction at the end of the street. The spur to the north shaft should then run at 90 degrees right at this point along Castle Street to a point before the castle walls (which ties in with Castle Street being closed in 2003 when a spider set off the BT alarms).

3.4 of the report mentions surface settlement measurements on two 15m long lines along and at right angles to the tunnel centreline which were set out in a car park to the north west of the Telephone Exchange. This car park is most likely the car park to the left of BT House (a red building takes up a fair proportion of the car park. This building is the old Jacksons nightclub !).

But then everything changes in 1997 when the MillStad goes up -

The MillStad was initially supposed to follow the old National Stadium but an almighty row broke out with the WRU and Cardiff Athletic Club who own Little Arms Park (to the left of the MillStad). Basically, the North Stand of the old National Stadium and the South Stand of Cardiff Arms Park were joined (can be seen in first pic). If the National Stadium was to be rebuilt along the same lines then the South Stand in Little Arms would have to come down. Cardiff kicked up, bluffs were called, etc., etc.

In the end, the WRU decided to move the pitch 90 degrees as by doing this and putting the dead ball line end into Cardiff Arms Park, the South Stand of the Athletic Club could be left in situ. But to do this, they needed to get hold of the old exchange, the car park, the empire pool and all the land (BT owned) at the Park Street end.

In the second picture, BT House is still there (after a facelift) but everything else is gone. Park Street has been basically cut in half.

The spur under the Taff should run under the bottom right end of the stadium where the end of Park Street once was. In theory everything else should be the same as it was pre 1997 !
 
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zak lia

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#34
hello my uncle hasbeen posted to do some work reparing the optical fibres in the tunnel.the west shaft is a manhole cover witha ventialtion shaft next to it on fitzhmaon enbankment.to open the manhole just use a regular manhol key.ther eis no security only at the shaft wit leads under the bt tower which has key code entrance gates
 

astragtc

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#38
Seems like there is a video illustrating this tunnel:
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/fascinating-video-shows-lost-underground-7889026

Article created 17 Jan 2017.

"A book, published in 1923, called Cardiff Castle discussed a passage that was “discovered on the south bank of the Dock Feeder where it passes through the Greyfriars enclosure."
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/cardiffs-city-centre-riddled-historic-12439620
Above website shows a good illustration of where the tunnels can be located.

Simon Fenoulhet is also on Facebook should you wish to contact him.
 

cunningcorgi

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#39
Seems like there is a video illustrating this tunnel:
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/fascinating-video-shows-lost-underground-7889026

Article created 17 Jan 2017.

"A book, published in 1923, called Cardiff Castle discussed a passage that was “discovered on the south bank of the Dock Feeder where it passes through the Greyfriars enclosure."
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/cardiffs-city-centre-riddled-historic-12439620
Above website shows a good illustration of where the tunnels can be located.

Simon Fenoulhet is also on Facebook should you wish to contact him.
Different tunnel completely.
 

rdsaunders

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#42
This could be what it looks like. A friend who works for a production company mentioned this week she'd been in a tunnel but was swarn to secrecy. It's structure seems to suggest it is the place.

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Boba Low

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#45
That's inside a bridge as lenston mentioned. Two hollow concrete bridges in cardiff, both have doors at either end with an abloy inside a metal box. Would take some real fury for someone to get inside. The cable tunnel would be circular as it was bored by tbms, I'd imagine it looks like other BT deep level or even parts of the LU - the small dirty tunnels workers use.