End of Port Talbot's £107m road work in sight
THE end of the road is in sight for Port Talbot’s £107 million Harbour Way development.
All sections of the relief road are now accessible from today — but further work still needs to be done before the official opening which will take place in mid-October.
Motorists are advised to proceed carefully as work continues on the remaining phase of project funded by the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
Parts of the road will be restricted to one lane in both directions due to the traffic management scheme in operation to allow for the final stage of works to take place.
The latest phase has seen Tata Steel’s main access at Cefn Gwrgan road close, with M4 traffic now able to access Harbour Way directly from the Tyn-y-Caeau roundabout on the A48.
This means that significant numbers of industrial vehicles will no longer need to enter residential areas of Margam.
Council leader Ali Thomas said: “The Harbour Way project is a major infrastructure development that, once completed, will bring substantial economic benefits to the county borough.
“Collaborative working between Neath Port Talbot Council and Costain has meant that the project is set to finish on programme later this autumn.
“Road users are thanked for their co-operation while this final phase of work is completed.”
It is the largest transport project in Wales and the finished route will provide an important regional link to Port Talbot docks.
It is hoped that it will improve access to development sites in the council’s Harbourside masterplan.
The docks have already seen the creation of new buildings.
The new Justice Centre, was constructed in 2011 and was the first building to be completed at Harbourside.
A £6.3 million research and development village has also been built.
The 42,000 sq ft office and laboratory space is expected to accommodate up to 170 hi-tech jobs in Port Talbot.
Last year NPTC Group (Neath Port Talbot College) revealed its plans to build a new £28 million campus with a dedicated sixth-form centre in the docks area.
The college is currently working with architects on an outline planning application, which will be submitted for consideration soon.
The official opening of the road is scheduled for October following completion of all associated works.