About the Branch

map of South Wales Branch

From modest beginnings in 1956, the South Wales Branch has continued to grow and today boasts over 450 members

 

The Branch extends from Powys and Ceredigion to the south coast and includes the industrial valleys which, at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, once supplied the world with coal and iron.  Getting the coal and iron to the south coast ports led to the development of an extensive transport infrastructure - canals, railways and new roads.

Competition and the change in the economic climate led to the collapse of the mining and steel industries.  New industries took their place and a new transport infrastructure was needed.  Over the last thirty years or so, a new highway system has transformed the face of South Wales.  The M4 and M48 motorways connect South Wales with the rest of the United Kingdom, crossing the River Severn on two major bridges.  The A48 runs into West Wales, where the countryside and the coast are major tourist attractions.  The A449 links South Wales with the Midlands whilst the A470 provides the crucial north-south road link. 

Members of the Branch have played a vital role in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of these major highway works.


The Branch Committee is made up a cross section of members and meets at least four times a year.  The Annual General Meeting is held every April and all members are welcome.