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Welsh First Minister opens Eastern Bay Link road

Category: General / 16 June 2017

The £57 million road, completed by the Dawnus Ferrovial Agroman JV on time and within budget, will provide a major boost to both Cardiff city centre and the Bay.

After a successful completion of the Eastern Bay Link (EBL)  project, First Minister Carwyn Jones officially opened the new link road in Cardiff on 15 June. The dual carriageway, which is named after the late engineer and planner, Ewart Parkinson, will improve links to Cardiff Bay, reducing journey times and helping to ease congestion in the city centre. Ffordd Ewart Parkinson will also boost the local economy by improving access to the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone and enhancing connectivity across the wider city region. The road provided 13 apprenticeships, two work experience placements and jobs for nine graduates and 27 people who were previously long-term unemployed.

Furthermore, the team faced several challenges to deliver the project, such as working next to live traffic at both Queen's Gate and Ocean Way roundabouts; working at height; dealing with poor ground conditions and facing site restraints due to the immediately adjacent live railway and working dock roads, among many others.

First Minister Carwyn Jones commented: "I am delighted to officially open Ffordd Ewart Parkinson, which will provide a major boost to both Cardiff city centre and the Bay. Commuters will benefit from a shorter route and reduced journey times, while local residents will see reduced traffic and disruption in their neighbourhood."

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