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Heads of The Valleys Road

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The present alignment of the A465 through the gorge was constructed in the 1960s by John Morgan (Construction) Ltd of Cardiff. Achieving a consistent gradient of 1 in 20 for a distance of 4 km it climbs 210m from Gilwern to Brynmawr. Its construction involved considerable cutting and embanking and some sections are built out over the gorge on concrete pillars. Work began in March 1960 and it was opened to traffic in 1962. It is a single-carriageway route with two west-bound lanes running up the gorge. There are plans to dual the entire route in the next few years.

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