COUNCIL bosses have this week announced another milestone in the completion of the Harbour Way bypass.
A temporary access road has now been constructed over Cefn Gwrgan Bridge, maintaining a clear access to and from Tata Steel during the road building scheme. It will allow vehicles entering the steelworks onto a section of the newly completed dual carriageway through land previously owned by Tata.
Now employees and visitors to Tata will use the main entrance which has been built as part of the scheme.
The road will link the completed Harbourside Road phase at Afan Way to the A48 close to junction 38 of the M4. It is the largest transport project to be supported by the ERDF convergence fund in Wales.
Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Ali Thomas, welcomed the latest stage in the development.
He said: “Harbour Way is set to bring huge economic opportunities for all of Port Talbot, so it is fitting that one of the largest employers in the area can now start to benefit from this work.
“This is a major project which will benefit residents and businesses alike and I am delighted to see it taking shape alongside the new developments at Tata.
“The road will enable the redevelopment of many key sites at Harbourside, and strengthen the ongoing and future regeneration of the town centre and Aberavon Beachfront.”
Tata Steel’s Project Manager for the integration of Harbour way and the Port Talbot site, Steve Jenkins commented: “The new main entrance coupled with the new General Stores, Training Academy and Visitor Centre will show Tata Steel in a totally new way and demonstrate our commitment to our workforce and the local community. Access and egress to our site will dramatically improve with the construction of the new roadway and will support our Business for many years to come.”
Costain’s Project Manager for the scheme, John Skentelbery, said: “Reaching another milestone in our three year project shows how efficient our workforce have been, especially through the recent bad weather conditions.
“Keeping access open to the steel works for employees and visitors has been of paramount importance to us so they have minimal disruption to their work life.
“Our next big milestone for the project will be the demolition of Cefn Gwrgan Bridge, which is due to commence during August.”
The construction of the new distributor road for Port Talbot is on course for completion in Autumn 2013.
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