AM hails £8m investment in road scheme
From Neath & Port Talbot Courier
This year will see the completion of Harbour Way, a three year £107 million peripheral distributor road (PDR), which aims to ease pressure on the M4.
Mr Rees said he welcomed a £7.97 million pound investment by the Welsh Government – the final installment of the cash funding.
The announcement was made by Edwina Hart AM, Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport.
The grant, from the Governments’s Transport Grant Scheme, has been awarded to conclude the scheme, which is due for completion in 2013 and will support the future development of the area in addition to ptoviding an alternative route around Port Talbot to the M4.
“It is wonderful news that the Welsh Government has identified additional funding to support the final stages of the new Harbour Way development,” said Mr Rees.
“This road will open up the old dockland area for regeneration and will take some of the heavy traffic away from our town’s streets.”
Harbour Way will provide a link, just under three miles long, to the motorway at Junction 38 into Port Talbot and the docks.
The funding has been made up from grants from the Convergence European Regional Development Fund (£56.2m) and £50.7m from the Welsh Government.
Work began on the development in January 2011 and is due to be completed in the autumn 2013.
During this period the project is expected to have provided work for up to 600 people.
Last September the Cefn Gwrgan Bridge was demolished, which had been the main entrance into the steelworks site in Port Talbot for over 60 years.
The old bridge had to be demolished to make way for a new 150 meter long road over rail bridge that forms an integral part of the Harbour Way dual carriageway.