Capita’s property and infrastructure business (Capita) has been chosen to design a £27.3m road that will link Cardiff Bay with the east of the Welsh capital.
The Welsh Government awarded the work to a joint venture (JV) set up by Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd and Ferrovial Agroman UK at the start of the year (January) and Capita has been appointed by the JV as the scheme’s designer.
The 1.2km Eastern Bay Link Road will connect the A4232, which currently stops at the Queens Gate roundabout – dubbed the ‘roundabout to nowhere’ – with the A48 Ocean Way roundabout at Tremorfa, in the east of the city. The project will be a continuation of the existing dual carriageway peripheral distributor road that links Cardiff and the M4, and will improve access to the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone (CCEZ).
The CCEZ is a new 56 hectare business district at the heart of the city centre – one of seven designated zones in Wales set up by the Welsh Government to develop geographical areas that support business infrastructure and incentives.
This project will create a seamless route from the M4 motorway to the eastern end of Cardiff Bay, which will improve journey times and help ease congestion in the city centre. By improving infrastructure in the area, the scheme will also bring real business and development opportunities to this thriving city and it is exciting that Capita is at the heart of this project.
The scheme will also help improve connectivity to the Wales Coastal Path and the city centre by enhancing local cycle routes and pedestrian links.
The route, which is flanked by several industrial businesses and crosses access roads, a railway line, two level crossings and part of Cardiff Bay itself, means that a 180m bridge will be needed.
As well as designing the scheme, Capita, along with engineering consultants Cass Hayward, will provide a range of other services for the scheme including project management, traffic modelling and analysis, geotechnical design, ecological and environmental services, highway infrastructure, drainage, street lighting and structural design.
Capita is currently developing the preliminary design for the route and construction is expected to begin in November, with the link road expected to open in December 2016.
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