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Public meeting to be held on M4 junction closure

Residents and local businesses are due to attend a public meeting later to discuss continuing concerns over the trial closure of Junction 41, Port Talbot.

The junction has been closed during peak times in an attempt to improve traffic flow Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The meeting comes as the trial closure period draws to an end, but a decision as to whether it will re-open is yet to be made.

The westbound slip road has now been closed during peak times since August of last year in an effort to ease traffic problems.

Local businesses say they've seen a drop in trade, with the town centre regularly descending into traffic chaos.

The meeting will be held from 6pm at the Princess Royal Theatre.


Tata fined £200,000 after three staff suffer burns

Tata has been ordered to pay costs of £11,190 Credit: ITV Wales

Steel company Tata has been fined £200,000 after three employees suffered serious burns at the Port Talbot site.

Trainee crane driver, Kelvin Watts, had been moving a container carrying tonnes of molten metal when the metal spilled onto the floor and ignited in April 2013.

Mr Watts and his two colleagues, who had been supervising him at the time, managed to escape the plant but suffered serious burns.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company for failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the workforce.

Tata has been ordered to pay costs of £11,190.

Given the potential consequences of a ladle holding 300 tonnes of molten metal spilling its load onto the floor, control measures should be watertight.

The incident could have been avoided had the safety measures introduced afterwards been in place at the time. Companies must maintain plant and machinery properly and instruct, train, inform and supervise staff consistently if they are going to prevent injury.

Reacting after the event is not acceptable and can be too late for some workers.

– Joanne Carter, HSE Inspector

Man killed in collision with taxi in Port Talbot

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a collision in Port Talbot.

The crash happened at around 1:40am this morning on the A4063 Maesteg Road between Croeserw and Cymmer.

A white Toyota Avensis taxi which was travelling towards Cymmer collided with the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He is yet to be identified.

Anyone who travelled along that road from between 1:30am and 1:45am is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


CCTV appeal after Port Talbot burglary

Police investigating a house burglary in Port Talbot are appealing for help in identifying two men wanted in connection with the incident.

The home of a 62-year-old woman was burgled on 14th April and two ipads and a laptop were stolen.

Credit: South Wales Police

Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to in connection with this incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Road closure trial for Port Talbot to begin in August

The timetable for the closure of the slip road from the M4 motorway into Port Talbot has been confirmed - it will start on the 4th August.

Protesters say the J41 plans will damage trade, and cause traffic chaos. Credit: Steve Redmore.

Neath and Port Talbot Council say the timetable was agreed upon after a meeting with the Welsh Government. the town's Chamber of Trade and local businesses.

Campaigners asked the Welsh Government to drop the plans. Credit: Steve Redmore

The trial peak-time closure of the westbound slip road at Junction 41will start on 4th August 2014 between 0700 to 0900 and1600 to 1800, Monday to Friday.

Campaigners handed in a petition with more than 22,000 signatures against the closure plans which they say will hit trade and worsen traffic problems.

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