New Barry Island access road set to open for school holidays
19 July 2016
A second route to Barry Island’s Harbour View car park and exit from the resort itself is set to be opened this week as the construction of the new Barry Waterfront link road which connects the popular seaside resort with the nearby Waterfront housing development enters its final stage.
Cllrs Moore & King survey the progress of the new road
The new road will be in use from Friday 22 July and will provide an alternative route by which cars can travel away from the resort during the busy summer holiday period, as well as one by which they can enter and exit the Harbour Road car park.
Construction of the new road, which was initially not due to be completed until 2018, was brought forward as a result of a collaborative agreement between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Waterfront Development Consortium.
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been working hard to see a new road link established to and from Barry Island for many years.
“Our goal has always been to make it easier for residents and visitors to get to and from Barry Island at peak times. With the busiest time of year for the resort just around the corner we have negotiated to get us to a point where the new road can be opened in time for the summer holidays, whilst still allowing the development of the surrounding area to continue.
“The new road will allow entry into the Harbour Road Car Park from both the Island Causeway as well as to and from the Waterfront development. However, the exit from the car park will be restricted to travel towards the Waterfront. Until the final stages of the Waterfront road building programme is complete, the road from the Causeway will be a temporary one-way system, allowing traffic from Barry Island to leave by either that route or over the causeway as normal.
“We believe this will make a very real difference both to local residents and the fortunes of the resort, which continues to go from strength to strength.”
Richard Keogh, Technical Director Persimmon Homes, said: “The Waterfront consortium is fully aware of the importance of the new road, both to the new development and the wider transport network. Bringing the new road into use for the summer holidays has long been an aspiration for both the consortium and the Council and it is great to see this now being realised.”
The new Waterfront link road is one of a series of improvements to Barry Island’s transport links in recent years. Improvements to the Causeway, which included an upgraded pavement and cycle lane, were completed in June. While new traffic management arrangements were put in place at the Ship Inn junction in the summer of 2015.