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We have linked the A4232 at Queens Gate roundabout with Rover Way at Ocean Way roundabout in Tremorfa.

Region / County:
south east
First published:
31 July 2018
Last updated:


Why we did it

The road will:

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


We have linked the A4232 at Queens Gate roundabout with Rover Way at Ocean Way roundabout in Tremorfa. 

Eastern Bay Link was opened on the 15 June 2017 by the First Minister, Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM.

This section of the Cardiff Peripheral Distributor Road has been named ‘Ffordd Ewart Parkinson’ in memory of the late Ewart Parkinson OBE who was an influential city planning officer in Cardiff.

The project

This link road between forms part of the Eastern Bay Link (EBL) which is required to complete the peripheral distributor road (PDR).  

This EBL scheme is a 1.2km long elevated dual carriageway which extends the A4232 link road around the southern perimeter of Cardiff from Queensgate Roundabout to Ocean Way Roundabout through Cardiff docks. It provides the next section of the PDR and removes the need for traffic to negotiate the current 3½km route via Central Link, East Tyndall Street and Ocean Way.

The road has the following benefits:

  • it will increase accessibility to major employment sites within Cardiff Bay and the Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone
  • provide a first phase A4232 connection from the east to the Cardiff City Region whilst providing a direct route from the A4232 to Rover Way
  • reduce congestion at the junctions on Tyndall Street by removing traffic currently using the Ocean Way,  East Tyndall Street and  Central Link route
  • improve resilience on the road network around Cardiff
  • enhance road safety and reduce casualties
  • reduce journey time for private and commercial road users
  • promote cycling and walking and provide opportunities for healthier lifestyles
  • facilitate economic regeneration
  • provide sustainable local community benefits including training and employment.
  • enhance local biodiversity.

Sustainability and local community

This project sought to:

  • employ local staff and contractors (78% of employees on the project live in wales)
  • 66% of the projects total spend  has been in Wales (42% of which was on Welsh small medium enterprises)
  • materials were re-used on site to minimise waste (95% of waste was recycled).

The contractors partnered with Princes Trust Cymru and Cadwyn Housing Association working on 2 “Get into Construction” programmes bringing benefits and improvements to Splott Hub (the Old Library) and Moorland Community Centre whilst investing in training in young people in construction. Successful candidates were then employed by the contractor following completion of the programmes. 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.

Dawnus Ferrovial Agroman Joint Venture consulted with Associated British Ports (ABP) local businesses and Cardiff City Council on the design of the road.

Next steps

A 24-month aftercare period for the landscaping is being provided by the Contractor.


Reports, environmental statements and plans