Another Harbour Way Milestone
Work on Harbour Way has reached another significant milestone
with the completion of the new main entrance to Tata
A temporary access road has been constructed over Cefn Gwrgan
Bridge, allowing vehicles entering the steelworks onto a section of
the newly completed dual carriageway through land previously owned
by Tata. This means all employees and visitors will now use the new
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
Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Ali Thomas, welcomed the
latest stage in the development, saying: "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
progressing well, with the project on course for completion in
Residents are reminded that a purpose built visitor centre is
open at the Harbour Way Project office on North Bank Road 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/
or following @HarbourWay on Twitter.
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 North Bank Road.