A significant transport route in Neath Port Talbot has moved a step closer to completion after ministers approved a multi-million pound investment to finish the second phase of the project.
The peripheral distributor road in the county can now be completed after £107M of EU and Welsh Assembly Government funding was given the green light.
The construction phase is expected to last 33 months and will create up to 600 jobs.
Stretching from the M4 at junction 38 into Port Talbot and the docks, the funding for the route will be a vital link for the UK motorway network, west Wales, the trunk road network and mainland Europe.
Deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said: “Despite challenging economic times we are determined to invest in capital projects that will bring long-term structural and economic benefits.
“This investment will improve journey times, reduce congestion, encourage further investment, access to jobs and regeneration in the south west Wales region.”
Employment and regeneration opportunities will be created by the final phase of the project, which will connect with previously completed phases and make some 210ha of mainly brownfield land open to development.