Site Visit: Heads of The Valley Road

Exploring the Progress of The Heads of the Valleys Road

Last week, our Director, Peter Symmons, visited the site of The Heads of the Valleys Road. This ambitious infrastructure project, which aims to improve connectivity and drive economic growth in South Wales, has been making significant strides in recent years.

Project Overview

The Heads of the Valleys Road, also known as the A465, is a major artery connecting Abergavenny in the east to Neath in the west. The project to upgrade this crucial transport link is being carried out in several sections.

So far, Section 1 between Abergavenny and Gilwern, Section 3 between Brynmawr and Tredegar, and Section 4 between Tredegar and Dowlais Top have been successfully completed. The completion of these sections represents a significant milestone in the project, enhancing road safety and reducing travel times for thousands of motorists each day.

Looking Ahead

One of the most challenging sections of the project, the stretch between Gilwern and Brynmawr, is scheduled for completion in mid-2018. This section involves significant engineering challenges, including the construction of new bridges and the widening of the existing carriageway.

The next phases of the project, Sections 5 and 6, are scheduled for completion in 2020. These sections represent a major undertaking, with the latest phase of the Heads of the Valleys road infrastructure project costing around £220m.

A Collaborative Effort

The design and construction of the project are being carried out on behalf of the Welsh Government by Costain and Atkins, two of the UK's leading engineering consultancies. Their expertise and commitment to the project have been instrumental in overcoming the many challenges presented by the complex terrain and ensuring the project remains on schedule.

The Heads of the Valleys Road project is a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of infrastructure in driving economic growth. We look forward to seeing the continued progress of this vital project and the benefits it will bring to the region.