M4 junction trial update
As a result of discussions between the Minister Edwina Hart and
Councillor A. Thomas Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council the
planned closure of slip roads at Junction 41 has been amended.
The Minister has agreed to provide additional funding to allow
early completion of the Baglan Link Bridge currently under
construction and the upgrading of the link between Brunel Way and
Briton Ferry. These will provide more options for local traffic and
encourage economic growth. The Council has committed to completing
these works for March 2015.
In the meantime a trial peak time closure of the Westbound
on-slip only at Junction 41 will be progressed in August with the
associated mitigation works on Pentyla Baglan Road, Rutherglen
Roundabout, Seaway Parade and Ty Draw Hill.
Councillor Thomas said “I commend the Minister for acknowledging
the concerns I presented on behalf of the residents and businesses
of Port Talbot.
“The Minister confirmed that she was prepared to work with the
Council on the issue of congestion on the M4 albeit the Motorway
and Trunk Road Network is the responsibility of the Welsh
“This is a huge step forward in our negotiations and willingness
to work on problems together. I am confident that this trial will
prove that there are better options to full time closure and
following the completion of the local road improvements in March
2015 the Minister has agreed to review the effect of the part-time
closures before taking a decision on whether to proceed with
full-time trial closures”.