M4 junction trial update

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 Government.

“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”.