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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 8
Way is set to bring huge economic opportunities for all of Port
Talbot, so it is fitting that one of the largest employers in the
area can now start to benefit from this work.
This is a major project which will benefit residents and
businesses alike and I am delighted to see it taking shape
alongside the new developments at Tata.
The road will enable the redevelopment of many key
sites at Harbourside, and strengthen the ongoing and future
regeneration of the town centre and Aberavon Beachfront.”
Tata Steel’s Project Manager for the integration of Harbour
way and the Port Talbot site, Steve Jenkins commented: “The
new main entrance coupled with the new General Stores,
Training Academy and Visitor Centre will show Tata Steel in a
totally new way and demonstrate our commitment to our
workforce and the local community. Access and egress to our
site will dramatically improve with the construction of the
new roadway and will support our Business for many years to
Costain’s Project Manager for the scheme, John Skentelbery,
said: “Reaching another milestone in our three year project
shows how efficient our workforce have been, especially
through the recent bad weather conditions.
Keeping access open to the steel works for employees and
visitors has been of paramount importance to us so they have
minimal disruption to their work life. Our next big milestone for the project will be the demolition of Cefn Gwrgan
Bridge, which is due to commence during August.”
Blackwood Plant Hire expand
Since establishing his plant hire business in 2001,
Tom Blackwood has steadily increased his park of
machines from three to in excess of 140 individual
items of mobile plant in the space of just eleven
Managing Director Tom Blackwood says “Our
contracts and projects now not only cover the
whole of Scotland, but many parts of England
as far south as Swindon, the Birmingham
conurbations and Merseyside. Diversification
has been the key in the current climate and besides looking
further afield for business including civil engineering, plant hire, demolition and specialist low ground
pressure machines, we have purchased six Volvo ECR58 Plus compact excavators for specific Network Rail
The compact excavators have been delivered complete with hose rupture valves fitted to both the boom
and dipper cylinders and safe load indicators for specific use on Network Rail. The machines have been further
enhanced by limited slew proximity switches.
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