The fire in a scrap yard below the M1 in north London which caused havoc for many motorists during a busy weekend when there were major events at Wembley as well as the London Marathon has aroused concern about the safety of having industrial units beneath elevated sections of motorways and main roads in the UK.
This comes at an important time for construction engineers, especially for Port Talbot in South Wales where they want to redevelop the once industrialised town with a new elevated section of road over the town instead of going through the town or bypassing it on the ground. It will pass over several industrial units.
The first stretch of motorway past the town was the A48 (M) which is now the M4, and was constructed in the 1960s as an elevated section. Many families had to move out of their houses and relocate within the town to make way for this. Since then the town has moved on and so has its industry so the time has come for the town to have a change from its history of being the pollution capital of Wales with its steelworks and nearby coal mining to taking advantage of other natural resources beneath the surface of the earth.
The new road will be known as The New Passover and the plans will be announced officially over the Easter holiday.
However, due to safety concerns of elevated sections of road with industrial units beneath, several businesses under The New Passover will be assessed on whether they can continue functioning within their existing premises or will need relocating to other industrial units within the town.
Port is for the past; Talbot is for the future.
PORT (Pollution Of Real Threat) is the history of the past;
TALBOT (The Answer Lies Buried Out There) is the solution for the future.
An official for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council said, "The future's bright now we can see the sky orange".