Ffordd Amazon increases connectivity for business
A new strategic £3m link road forming part of the Fabian Way
Corridor development has now been formally adopted by Neath Port
Completed three months ahead of schedule and on budget, the
second and final stage of the Ffordd Amazon road has been
constructed to serve the industrial land to the rear of the former
Visteon Plant and Amazon.
Construction of the road will further advance the Council's work to
redevelop a location which already includes Swansea Bay studios and
the planned second Swansea University campus. The project has now
opened access to plots of land which were previously land-locked
and it is hoped that this will encourage new opportunities for
investment in the area.
As well as enabling access to over 35 acres of land designated for
commercial development purposes, the road will form part of a key
public transport link to Coed Darcy, a £1billion regeneration
scheme on the site of the decommissioned Llandarcy Oil
Built on brownfield land, the 1.5km highway was funded by the Welsh
Government, with over £1.5m from the European Regional Development
Fund and £1.1million from Coed Darcy developers St. Modwen.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council supported the project by
making a compulsory purchase order to facilitate the acquisition of
land which formerly contained industrial premises, tinplate works
and railway sidings.
Future bus services between Neath and Swansea will utilise the
route and serve the proposed 4000 homes and businesses planned as
part of the Coed Darcy development. A road blocker is in place to
prevent the overloading of the junctions at Baldwin's Bridge by
heavy goods vehicles and the use of the road as a short cut for
cars travelling to and from Swansea.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr. Ali Thomas said: "This
is a fantastic example of the partnership working which is needed
to meet the economic challenges that face us. Neath Port Talbot
Council, the Welsh Government and St. Modwen have worked closely to
develop a scheme that will deliver real benefits to the Swansea Bay
"I would also like to commend the work of the contractors in
completing the works on budget and three months ahead of
Business Minister Edwina Hart said the new road would open up new
investment and job creation opportunities. She said: "Employment
sites adjacent to the new road that were previously land locked,
have been opened up and now have the potential to attract new
investment and new jobs which is good news."
"In addition it supports the on-going development of Coed Darcy, a
new sustainable community with extensive commercial development
land that will create new job opportunities."
Ben Cook, Residential Land Director for St. Modwen in South Wales,
commented: "The opening of this major road into the growing
employment area of Swansea is a significant infrastructure
improvement for the region and the local economy. It will improve
the local area and enable linkages to be made with the proposed New
Science and Innovation Campus, which will be built on our 65 acre
site and where we have now agreed terms to develop the £150 million
first phase of development with Swansea University.
"This is a major milestone for our Coed Darcy development, where
the first properties developed by Persimmon have been launched to
market last month with positive response from the market. More than
10,000 residents will eventually benefit from this road connecting
the Coed Darcy community with the Swansea Bay region as well as
those working at the established Business Park."