Barry Island link road on track for summer 2015
Published Monday 31 March 2014
Negotiations on the necessary financial agreements to bring the Barry Island link road forward have finally been concluded.
Under the terms of the planning permission for the regeneration of the waterfront, the link road was to be delivered in phases over a number of years. Following extensive negotiations, all necessary agreements have now been signed to allow the road to be built in one single phase. It is anticipated that the new road will be open by the summer 2015, very many years ahead of schedule.
Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale Council said: “I am delighted that the necessary agreements are now in place. This will result in an immediate start on construction and demonstrates this administration’s commitment to the on-going regeneration of Barry and the Island. We have previously heard concerns about delays in providing the road, but I have always said that I would work to bring construction forward and the conclusion of the financial agreements is a significant and essential step in making that happen.”
Jane Hutt, A.M. said: “I am delighted with this excellent news which shows the Welsh Government working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the developers for the Waterfront. Barry Island will now get the new road it needs and this will make a vital difference to the whole of Barry. This is great news for Barry.”
Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “This represents excellent partnership working between Welsh Government, the Council and the consortium and is extremely good news for both residents of and visitors to Barry. We already know that the island is a popular destination for visitors and this, alongside the excellent rail connections, will add to the accessibility of the Island. We will also soon see the completion of the regeneration work on the Eastern Promenade which increases the attractiveness and importance of Barry Island as a Wales-wide tourist resort.”
Richard Keogh, Barry Waterfront Consortium, said: “Whilst it has been a challenging number of months for WG, VOGC and the Barry Waterfront consortium to negotiate the agreement to complete the Barry Island link road, it is fantastic to make this announcement today. We can now concentrate our efforts on securing the necessary consents and then to construct it ready for an anticipated opening in summer 2015.”