Work has finally resumed on the construction another section of Cardiff’s Link Road – the building of which began in the 1970s and – 40 years on – remains still unfinished .
For Penarth motorists heading to – say, London – it always takes ages to get through Cardiff . Currently the road comes to a dead-end after the Butetown Tunnels at the Queen’s Gate roundabout .
This month, however, work started again to continue the route of the stalled road a kilometre further East to the “Oceanway Interchange” – which has been dubbed the “roundabout to nowhere” .
The complete route is known by various names – the A4323, the Peripheral Distributor Road, Ffordd Ddosbarthu Ymylol, the Cardiff Link Road, Ffordd Gyswllt Caerdydd and was originally designed to be a modern dual carriageway which would become Cardiff’s “beltway”.
The idea was to provide a means of avoiding the congested centre of Cardiff for traffic heading from places like Penarth – to Newport, Bristol or London . When the road was first planned no one anticipated the growth of traffic which has occurred since them.
The first part of it – the “Southern Way Link Road” was completed back in 1978 . The most recent part to be added – the Butetown Link Road – was opened in 1995, but nothing much happened after that.
Work on the “Eastern Bay Link Road” began last week and is due to be completed by April 2017. Eventually it will form part of the “Cardiff ring road system”. The only part of it which will not be dual carriageway is the (existing) East Moors Viaduct.