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Harbour Way

Another Harbour Way Milestone

Work on Harbour Way has reached another significant milestone with the completion of the new main entrance to Tata Steelworks.

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 Wales.

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 Autumn 2013.

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.