Heads of the Valley A465 Section 2



The existing A465 was built in the 1960s and is a single three lane carriageway with two lanes in the Tuphill direction and one in the downhill direction. A regional traffic study in 1990 identified the need to improve this road. This improvement to the A465 is critical to the social and economic regeneration of the Heads of the Valleys area.

The width of the road restricts traffic flow and opportunities for safe overtaking. In many areas there is poor visibility. Accidents on this stretch are concentrated around junctions and areas with poor visibility.

This improvement to the A465 is critical to the social and economic regeneration of the Heads of the Valleys area. It will improve access to key services, jobs and markets supporting inward investment to areas such as the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone.

Total project costs circa £220m

The Overall Objective

Due to the excavation work carried out, surface water run off picked up slow settling solids leading to the need for chemical treatment. An existing settlement lagoon needed to be removed for works to continue and a system was required to receive up to 180m³/hr of water.


Siltbuster installed a 2 stage Chemical Dosing System to treat the suspended solids before entering 4 HB50 Mobile Lamella Clarifiers to remove the suspended solids and deal with flows up to 180m³/hr, prior to discharge to the surface water course.


Following treatment the Total Suspended Solids were reduced by over 95%, enabling the water to be safely discharged.

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