New barrier operational on new £3million road near Amazon
A NEW £3 million road has opened at the rear of the former Visteon plant in Jersey Marine, opening up land for development and providing a bus link for the Coed Darcy development.
But some eyebrows have been raised as to why a barrier has been installed at the Crymyln Burrows end.
The 1.5km road is the second and final stage of Fford Amazon, the first of which provided access to Amazon's distribution centre.
The new road will open 35 acres of "employment" land for development and enable the construction of a second road to serve Coed Darcy — a vast regeneration scheme with businesses and 4,000 new houses planned.
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John Thomas, director of the 1940s Swansea Bay museum, said the barrier became operational just before Christmas.
He was critical of the lack of access that has resulted, but acknowledged the new road could otherwise turn into a "rat run" for motorists seeking to a Fabian Way alternative. "They obviously have good reasons for installing it," said Mr Thomas, who added there was a new Coed Darcy sign, albeit covered up, on the road.
A Neath Port Talbot Council spokeswoman said: "The (new) road serves the industrial land to the rear of Visteon and Amazon, which means heavy goods vehicles will not be using Elba Crescent to gain access to these sites. It also forms part of proposed access route into Coed Darcy.
"The road blocker is there to prevent this road being used as a short cut by cars to and from Swansea, and the overloading of the junctions at Baldwin's Bridge by heavy goods vehicles."
She added: "When the Coed Darcy link is constructed, only buses will be permitted to pass through the road blocker to encourage the use of future bus services travelling between Neath and Swansea."