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£7.3m Baglan Bridge

£7.3m Baglan bridge build underway

Baglan Energy Park Bridge

Work is now underway on a bridge which will link both sides of Baglan Energy Park.

David Morris, Project Manager, Costain; Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Cllr Ali Thomas OBE; Amanda Phillips, Senior Assistant Engineer, Neath Port Talbot Council on site at Baglan Energy Park.

Construction has started on the £7.3m link bridge at Baglan Energy Park which will cross the railway lines and sidings currently separating Brunel Way and Central Avenue at the Park.

The majority of the funding for the project comes under a regional transport plan and a variety of Welsh Government funds.

The work will also support a key aim of the Swansea Bay City Region’s strategy for economic growth, by investing in transport infrastructure to aid the development of strategic employment sites and improve the connections between key centres of employment.

Baglan Energy Park is a significant employer in the area and the bridge will open up the location to further investment and regeneration opportunities. It will also complement Harbour Way which opened last October, by providing another through access route for businesses, residents and visitors south of the motorway.

The bridge will also create a viable through-route for buses that can deliver employees close to the offices and SMEs on the Park, connecting with Swansea, Neath, and Port Talbot. It will also form part of a safe route to the proposed new school in Baglan Bay.

Visiting the site, as the first of the foundation piles were sunk, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Ali Thomas OBE said: “I am very pleased to see work underway on a project which will create new economic opportunities for the area, both during and after construction. Bridging the gap between the two sides of the Park will greatly benefit businesses and investors by improving Baglan Energy Park’s internal and external transport connections.

“We will also aim to maximise the opportunities arising from this investment for local businesses and education providers during the construction phase. Partnership working between ourselves and Costain during the Harbour Way project proved to be very effective in delivering such additional benefits for Neath Port Talbot.”

Constructing the 80m bridge presents a number of challenges, not least the need to work under the high voltage cables crossing the site, whilst also building over rail tracks which will remain in operation.

David Morris Project Manager for Costain said: “Following on from the successful completion of Harbour Way, the integrated team from NPTCBC and Costain aims to deliver another scheme that will showcase how effective collaboration can provide best value.”

The bridge is due to open in June 2015.