Harbour Way on Schedule

Harbour Way on Schedule

The first section of 'Harbour Way' has been officially opened to the public this week on schedule.

Leader of the Council, Councillor A.H. Thomas

The flagship project is on course for completion in Autumn 2013.

This part of the road, running parallel to the existing Dock Road, is the first of three sections due to open over the next six months. Work is also well underway on two new entrances for Tata Steelworks.

Contractors Costain, who are building the final link of the Peripheral Distributor Road through Port Talbot, are forging ahead with the £107 million project.

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 in Wales and is funded by European grant and the Welsh Government.

The news has been welcomed by Council Leader, Ali Thomas. He said, "This is a significant step forward in this major project.

"Harbour Way will bring huge benefits to residents and businesses in Port Talbot and heralds a new chapter in the history of the town.

"It will shape the future of regeneration in Port Talbot, linking key employment sites and opening up land for development along the waterfront.

"It will also complement the Council's regeneration aspirations at Aberavon Seafront and Port Talbot town centre."

John Skentelbery, Project Manager for Costain, said, "The opening of the first section of the Harbour Way distributor road marks the end of a very successful and productive year for the project in 2011.

"With several other areas along the scheme due to open to the public within the next twelve months, we are happy to confirm that our workforce are on programme, with the road still on target for an Autumn 2012 opening."

Residents are reminded that a purpose built visitor centre is open every Wednesday from 1pm - 6pm where an exhibition showing the route of the new road is on display as well as a DVD showing a virtual 'fly through' of the completed project.

Up to date information can also be viewed by visiting http://www.harbourwayproject.com/

Any resident who has any questions about the ongoing work can contact the 24 hour helpline 0800 0324 766

The quarterly newsletter 'Harbour Way News' is available free of charge at Port Talbot library, Civic Centres and the Visitor Centre in NorthBank Road. The next issue is due out in May.