RESIDENTS fear their village could be cut off after the second devastating landslide on the same stretch of road in the space of just 18 months.
Tonnes of earth and debris collapsed on to the B4286 Cwmavon Road at Pantdu on New Year's Eve — just a few hundred yards from where a similar landslip caused havoc in October, 2008.
The road was closed in both directions and will remain shut until at least Monday so engineers can assess its stability.
But with the other main route connecting Cwmavon with Port Talbot, the A4107 Afan Valley Road, reduced to a single-lane because of safety concerns, villagers say they will face a huge round trip if the situation gets any worse.
"There must be tonnes of earth and debris there. It has completely blocked the left side of the road as you drive towards Cwmavon.
"At the moment anyone wanting to get in or out of Cwmavon has to use the top road, but even that is down to one lane with traffic lights so there are hold-ups."
It is fairly quiet at the moment because of the new year celebrations but once the traffic picks up again there will be chaos.
People had frequently voiced concern about the roads situation during Crac meetings.
Lights went up on the A4107 at Lletti Harri, in November, 2008, amid fears it was at serious risk of total failure. (The lights have been there so long now that a generator is no longer used. The lights are connected to the main electricity supply. Scandalous - Kevin )
Neath Port Talbot Council has come up with a repair project but this is not programmed to start until at least this April because of the nearly-£1 million price tag.
But the authority did carry out stabilisation work on Cwmavon Road following the first landslide in Pantdu.
That was completed in August last year, ending months of misery for motorists.