South Wales highway (A465 Section 3)

The Welsh Government's brand new road project in South Wales, linking Brynmawr and Tredegar, has joined This is Civil Engineering.

The construction team holding a this is civil engineering banner on the newly completed road.
The construction team holding a this is civil engineering banner on the newly completed road.
  • Updated: 23 July, 2015

A coalition of civil engineers and industry representatives gathered at the new road to celebrate the vital role civil engineering has in improving lives for local communities.

The A465 highway forms a vital part of the Trans European Network link between Ireland and the Midlands. Developed by contractors Carillon PLC on behalf of the Welsh Government, the A465 Section 3 project will help to drive economic growth along the Heads of the Valleys. When complete, the project will also reduce journey times for private and commercial motorists, and bypass congested towns and villages surrounding the route.

ICE Wales Cymru Chairman Chris Craufurd and Carillion PLC Project Director Mike Cummie unveiled the campaign banner alongside members of the road's project team.

Mike Cummie added, "This project is a great example of the challenges faced by Civil Engineers, delivering sustainable solutions, improving infrastructure and helping regenerate communities."

Chris Craufurd said, "It was a great pleasure to visit this project again as it now approaches completion. This is a major step towards completion of this vital link between the west of Wales and the Midlands and beyond which should have the added advantage of easing traffic on the M4."

One of the core objectives of the project is to support regeneration of the Heads of the Valleys area by making it more accessible to business. Improved transport links help attract new businesses and improve opportunity for existing businesses.

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