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We are linking the A4232 at Queens Gate roundabout with Rover Way at Ocean Way roundabout in Tremorfa.


Project status: under construction
Region/country: south east
Start date: summer 2015
End date: late spring 2017
Design contractors: Dawnus Ferrovial Agroman Joint Venture, Parson's Brinkerhoff (employers agent), Corderoy (cost consultants), Capita (main design), Cass Hayward (composite viaduct design)
Cost: £57.3m

This project is registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (external link).

Why we are doing it

This new road will:

  • improve access to Cardiff Bay
  • improve access to the Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone
  • enhance connections within the Cardiff City Region.

Current progress

The detailed design is now complete.

We have now completed all the reinforced concrete activities. Also work over the bridge deck and embankment are well advanced. Surfacing operations will commence over the bridge at the end of March and are expected to be completed by mid May. 

Works are progressing well on Queen’s Gate and Ocean Way roundabouts.

December 2016

Current progress

The project

The road will be a 1.2km two-lane dual carriageway. The west end of the road will connect to the Queens Gate roundabout. The east end will connect to Ocean Way roundabout. We will build a viaduct for the road to pass over the docks railway.  We will also improve and add traffic lights to the Ocean Way and Queens Gate roundabouts. 

The project has the following objectives:

  • increase accessibility from east Cardiff to major employment sites:
    • East Moors area
    • Cardiff Bay
    • Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone
  • provide a more direct route between the A4232 Butetown tunnel and Rover Way
  • reduce congestion on Tyndall Street junction by removing traffic using the Ocean Way- East Tyndall Street – Central Link route 
  • reduce journey times for private and commercial road users
  • help economic regeneration
  • enhance road safety and reduce casualties
  • improve resilience on the strategic road network around Cardiff
  • provide more opportunities for cycling and walking.

Sustainability and local community

We are reusing materials to minimise waste, with 95% of waste recycled. Once construction is complete, we plan to improve the environment around the new road. So far, 64% of total spend has been in Wales.

Our contractors are employing local staff to work on the road; 76% of employees on the project live in Wales.

The contractors have worked with Cadwyn Housing Association and Princes Trust Cymru on a project to train young people in construction. They have hired staff from this programme. Read more about this project on the Cadwyn website (external link).

How we consulted

We published the Environmental Statement and Statement to inform appropriate assessment, and invited comments between 23 December 2015 and 3 February 2016. We published the Welsh Ministers decision on 10 March 2016, which you can find in the related links..

Dawnus Ferrovial Joint Venture is consulting with local businesses and Cardiff City Council on the design of the road.

Next steps

We will progress with the following works: 

  • waterproofing
  • safety barrier
  • kerbing
  • expansion joints
  • ducting
  • blacktop
  • road marking and 
  • signs.

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Plan (File size: 270KB)
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Community benefits report (File size: 760KB)