Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom

Economy | Transport : Rail : Bus | M4 motorway | Port Talbot docks

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Port Talbot is a town and community in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales, situated on the east side of Swansea Bay, approximately eight miles (thirteen kilometres) from Swansea. The Port Talbot Steelworks covers a large area of land which dominates the south east of the town and is one of the biggest steelworks in the world but has been under threat of closure since the 1980s.


Economy On 20 November 2007, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) granted consent for the world's largest biomass power station to be built at Port Talbot. This is expected to provide enough electricity (from wood from environmentally-managed forests, mostly in North America) to supply half the homes in Wales with electricity.

Potential future development currently centres around the peripheral distributor road to the south (the dual carriageway road in the Margam and Taibach areas was finished in 2013), Baglan Industrial Park and Baglan Energy Park to the west, Port Talbot Docks to the south-west, Margam Country Park to the east and the Afan Valley to the north. In March 2009 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council announced a regeneration project for Port Talbot town centre and docks, with a master plan for new homes, offices, light industry, retail developments and improvements to the railway station.

In January 2021, permission was granted for a new £200m adventure resort to open in the Afan Valley. The resort will include ski slopes, zip wires, tree top high-wire courses, Bear Grylls Survival Academy, an aqua adventure park, an equestrian centre, mountain biking, BMX and skate parks, a luxury spa, central plaza with shops and restaurants, 100 bed hotel and 500 luxury lodges.


Transport: Rail Port Talbot is served by the South Wales Main Line at Port Talbot Parkway railway station. Great Western Railway and Transport for Wales serve the station with services westbound to Neath and Swansea and West Wales Line and eastbound to Bridgend, Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Trains also run via Hereford and Shrewsbury to Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly.

The new £5.6 million Integrated Transport hub was completed in 2017, linking Port Talbot Parkway with new bus and taxi links. This also included extensive upgrades to the railway station and surrounding area.


Transport: Bus Port Talbot bus station, located adjacent to the Aberafan Centre in the centre of the town is the main bus transport hub, it is a National Express stop. Local bus services are provided by First Cymru and South Wales Transport. The bus station's layout is very distinctive for the fact that buses always have to perform a 270° clockwise turn to exit the station. A Sustrans cycle route has recently been constructed at this bus station as part of the connect2 scheme connecting the Afan Valley with Aberafan beach. A second bus station opened in the town in 2017, at Port Talbot Parkway railway station.


M4 motorway The M4 motorway passes through the town from south-east to north-west, crossing a central area on a concrete viaduct, junctions 38 to 41 serve Port Talbot, with junctions 40 and 41 being in the commercial heart of the town. This busy urban stretch of the M4, with tight bends, two-lane carriageways, short narrow slip roads and concrete walls on both sides, was the first length of motorway in Wales when it opened to traffic in 1966. The road has a speed limit of 50 mph (80 km/h) enforced with automatic number-plate recognition speed cameras in both directions. The stretch through Port Talbot town centre is a particular traffic congestion blackspot and there have been calls to close the slip roads at junctions 40 and 41 to improve traffic flow. However some commuters oppose this plan since it would add more time to their journey. A new dual carriageway relief road, the Port Talbot Peripheral Distribution Road (PDR), was completed in 2013. It serves as a distributor road through Port Talbot to the south-west of the M4, beginning at M4 Junction 38 and ending near Junction 41.


Port Talbot docks The Port Talbot Docks complex consist of an inner set of floating docks and an outer tidal basin. Construction of the tidal basin began in 1964 and the whole basin covers about 500 acres (200 hectares). The tidal basin is capable of handling ships of up to 170,000 DWT and is used mostly for the import of iron ore and coal for use by nearby Port Talbot Steelworks. The inner floating docks were constructed in 1898 and were closed in 1959. They were re-opened in 1998 for commercial shipping and in March 2007 for the import of some steel products and are capable of handling ships of up to 8,000 dwt. There have been proposals for the development of an intermodal freight terminal at the port.

Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom 
<b>Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom</b>
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Port Talbot has a population of over 51,000 people. Port Talbot also forms one of the centres of the wider Neath Port Talbot District which has a population of over 462,000 people. It is also a part of the larger Swansea Bay City Region.

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Twin Towns, Sister Cities Port Talbot has links with:

🇪🇸 Albacete, Spain 🇫🇷 Bagneux, France 🇩🇪 Esslingen am Neckar, Germany 🇩🇪 Heilbronn, Germany 🇵🇱 Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland 🇳🇱 Schiedam, Netherlands 🇮🇹 Udine, Italy 🇸🇮 Velenje, Slovenia 🇫🇷 Vienne, France
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  • John Loughborough Pearson |

    🇧🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect John Loughborough Pearson is associated with Port Talbot. He was awarded the RIBA Queen's Gold Medal in 1880.

Antipodal to Port Talbot is: 176.173,-51.61

Locations Near: Port Talbot -3.82654,51.6104

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Neath -3.8,51.663 d: 6.1  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Swansea -3.941,51.623 d: 8  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ammanford -3.993,51.8 d: 24  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Bridgend -3.578,51.507 d: 20.6  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Tonypandy -3.451,51.622 d: 25.9  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Aberdare -3.445,51.714 d: 28.7  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Llanelli -4.193,51.787 d: 32  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Merthyr Tydfil -3.375,51.761 d: 35.3  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Pontypridd -3.342,51.602 d: 33.5  

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Carmarthen -4.316,51.856 d: 43.4  

Antipodal to: Port Talbot 176.173,-51.61

🇳🇿 Dunedin 170.474,-45.884 d: 19253.9  

🇳🇿 Balclutha 169.75,-46.233 d: 19255.6  

🇳🇿 Christchurch 172.617,-43.517 d: 19076.7  

🇳🇿 Canterbury 171.58,-43.543 d: 19054.6  

🇳🇿 Invercargill 168.373,-46.413 d: 19205  

🇳🇿 Queenstown 168.658,-45.033 d: 19097.6  

🇳🇿 Wellington 174.767,-41.283 d: 18861.8  

🇳🇿 Hutt 174.917,-41.217 d: 18855.4  

🇳🇿 Lower Hutt 174.917,-41.217 d: 18855.4  

🇳🇿 Upper Hutt 175.05,-41.133 d: 18846.9  

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