Port Talbot - Geography

Geography

The town is built along the eastern rim of Swansea Bay in a narrow strip of coastal plain surrounding the River Afan estuary. Swansea is visible on the opposite side of Swansea Bay. The local beach is known as Aberavon Sands and is situated along the edge of the bay between the River Afan and the River Neath. The other beach in Port Talbot is Margam Sands, popularly known as Morfa Beach. The north-eastern edge of the town is marked by the River Neath. A very significant landmark in the town is the Port Talbot Steelworks.

Air quality in the Port Talbot Air Quality Management Area, although poor in the past, has now greatly improved. However, the town is still said to be the most polluted place in Wales and the most polluted in the United Kingdom outside of London. Information on Air Quality in Port Talbot can be found on the Air Quality Section of the NPT Council Website www.npt.gov.uk/airquality

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