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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 has:

  • improved access to Cardiff Bay
  • given better access to the Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone
  • enhanced connections within the Cardiff City Region.


This project is now complete. The Welsh Government has formally transferred responsibility for this road and associated land to Cardiff Council. They will now be responsible for its maintenance.

The Contractor has completed the 24-month aftercare period for landscaping.

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 was required to complete the peripheral distributor road (PDR).  

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

The road has delivered the following benefits:

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

Sustainability and local community

This project:

  • employed local staff and contractors (78% of employees on the project lived in Wales)
  • 66% of the project's total spend was 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

This project is now complete.


Reports, environmental statements and plans