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Ffordd Amazon

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 Talbot Council.

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 Refinery.

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 region."

"I would also like to commend the work of the contractors in completing the works on budget and three months ahead of schedule."

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."