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Public meeting to be held on M4 junction closure

Traders and residents of Port Talbot are due to attend a public meeting later to discuss concerns over the impact a planned trial closure of an M4 junction will have on the town.

Some people in Port Talbot are concerned about what impact the closure will have.

So far a petition against plans to close Junction 41 has gathered around 13,500 signatures, including those of Aberavon AM Hywel Francis and Canon Nigel Cahil, the rector of Aberavon.

It's expected one of the main purposes of today's meeting is to decide a date to travel to the Senedd and lobby Business Minister Edwina Hart, who has agreed to the trial.

Watch: Traders fear over impact of Port Talbot junction closure

60 new jobs created by manufacturers in Port Talbot

Sixty new jobs are being created in Port Talbot, by manufacturers Freundenberg Oil & Gas Technologies.

The company manufactures sealing solutions for the oil and gas industry. Credit: Freundenberg Oil & Gas Technologies

The German company is investing £11m to turn its three sites in Baglan into one larger base, with staff numbers rising from 237 to 297.

The Welsh Government provided £3m in support, says the decision will also safeguard around 90 jobs, and shows the company's commitment to Wales.

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Trial closure of M4 Junction 41 at Port Talbot to begin this summer

Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced a trial closure of the sliproads at Junction 41 on the M4 at Port Talbot this summer

The closure of the westbound on-slip and eastbound off-slip roads is intended to improve traffic flows on the motorway throughout the area.

The studies predict an increase in the capacity of the M4 by 11% westbound and 2% eastbound as a result of the trial closures. Estimated wider economic benefit of time and accident savings on the M4 is expected to be over £1million per year.

– Edwina Hart, Transport Minister

'Mitigation measures' to the A48 trunk road and local highway network will take place before the trial, the Minister said.

Traders fear over impact of junction closure

Traders in Port Talbot say they fear jobs and businesses will be hit hard if the Welsh Government goes ahead with plans to close two motorway junctions that serve the town.

Proposals have been made to close both junctions 40 and 41. The suggestion is being made to reduce bottlenecks and improve safety.

The stretch is one of the oldest pieces of motorway in Wales and it regularly sees long delays. But traders have launched a petition saying the plan would kill their businesses. Sarah Powell has been speaking to some of them.

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Residents launch petition over M4 junction closures

Proposals have been made to close two junctions of the M4 for a six-month trial. Credit: ITV News

Traders in Port Talbot have set up a petition against the possible closures of the M4 junctions leading to their town.

Proposals have been made to close slip roads at junction 40 and 41 - two of the main entrances in and out of Port Talbot - for a six month trial over the summer months.

The Welsh Government says it is looking to reduce traffic congestion in the area, but no decisions have yet been made.

Traders in Port Talbot fight against M4 junction closures

Under proposals junctions 40 and 41 could close for six months. Credit: ITV News

Traders in Port Talbot are setting up a petition against proposals to close the two M4 junctions into the town for a six month trial period.

If these plans go ahead locals say it would have a detrimental effect on businesses, residents, traders and all other visitors to the town.

The Welsh Government says it is still investigating options for improving the road network.

Residents have their say on new power generator

Tata Steel say their looking to create a new power generator in Port Talbot Credit: PA

Tata steel will hold discussions today over a new power generator that their looking to build on the existing site at Port Talbot.

Over the coming weeks the company will be giving local people the chance have their say on the scheme.

Although a separate issue, today's discussions will also give residents the opportunity to raise their concerns over ongoing pollution issues in the area.

Final plans for Port Talbot station unveiled

Artist's impression of new Port Talbot Railway station Credit: Network Rail

Final plans for the improvement of Port Talbot Parkway railway station will be unveiled later today. Work on the £11m project has begun recently and will continue until Spring 2015.

It will see the demolition of the existing station to make way for a new development which will comprise of better access to platforms, a new ticket office and waiting areas, as well as a new car park.

Network Rail is holding the public event for the public at The Grand Hotel in Station Road in Port Talbot from 3-8pm

Representatives from Network Rail, who are delivering the scheme, will be present, alongside members of Kier Plc, Arriva Trains Wales and Tata Steel.

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