Work on a new link road in the county is driving forward.
The Cross Hands Economic Link Road will serve as an important link to the A48 trunk road and Cross Hands Business Park – linking Gorslas and Cross Hands via The Cross Hands Business Park.
Section one, which will run from Gate Road in Gorslas to Norton Road in Penygroes, is due to open in February 2019.
Construction work, which is being undertaken by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, started in January this year.
The road will serve the Cross Hands East Strategic Employment Site which is set to become the next major employment zone in the county, with the potential to create up to 1,100 jobs.
It will provide a direct access from the north to the Cross Hands East Strategic Employment Site and will relieve congestion at the main A48 Cross Hands Roundabout and improve safety at the ‘six ways’ junction at Gorslas square.
Executive Board Member responsible for environment, Cllr Hazel Evans said: “It’s great to see how well work is progressing on this major new link road for the Gwendraeth Valley.
“The link road is important not only for the new Cross Hands East Strategic Employment Site, but also to ease congestion in Gorslas.”
The scheme, which will cost approximately £10.4 million, has received funding of £1.5 million from Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund 2017/18, with further funding allocated from the council’s capital programme.
Discussions with landowners are ongoing and construction work on the second section from Norton Road to Black Lion Road is expected to be start in 2019.
This will connect to the section from the M4 junction to Black Lion Road which was completed in 2015.