New road access work could create hundreds of new jobs

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WORK has began on a £3million road-straightening project to improve access to the St Athan and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone and potentially create hundreds of new jobs.

The improvements are set to pave the way for new multi-million pound investments in the site, when they are completed by the end of this year.

The Welsh Government is funding the improvements to the B4265 between Gileston and Oldmill, which will improve connectivity within the Zone.

St Athan and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone has had several inward investments over the last three years that require the straightening of this stretch of road to improve safety and access, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs.

Minister for Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart said: “This investment demonstrates the Welsh Government’s commitment to making a success of the St Athan and Cardiff Enterprise Zone.

"Improving access to the site will open up more investment opportunities here. The straightening of these bends will also make the road safer for the many drivers who use this road every day.”

Professor Garel Rhys, chairman of the St Athan Enterprise Zone, said: “I am delighted to see work begin on improving this stretch of road.

"This project is vital to the long term future of the St Athan and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone and will open many new investment opportunities to help the zone develop and realise its potential.”

Councillor Lis Burnett, cabinet member for regeneration, innovation, planning and transportation, said: “I am delighted to see work begin on improving this stretch of road.

"This project is vital to the long-term future of the St Athan and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone and will open many new investment opportunities to help the zone develop and realise its potential.”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is carrying out the work on behalf of the Welsh Government.

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