Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2016

Fforestfach Park And Ride Set To Close

This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 30th, 2016

Swansea Council has confirmed plans to close one of its three Park and Ride sites to help save money. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fforestfach Park and Ride, which is located just off Carmarthen Road, will cease to operate at the end of May. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The decision follows a review of the service which highlighted it was costing the council £336k per year to operate but only bringing in just over £90k in fares. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: “Our park and ride services provide an excellent alternative to driving directly into the city centre and form an important part of our integrated transport plan. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The council needs to tighten its belt in terms of what we spend, given the on-going budget pressures. Fforestfach park and ride is clearly underused and therefore is not sustainable. The savings we will make from closing Fforestfach will ensure we can protect other transport related services that are better used by residents and visitors to the city. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Our other sites at Landore and Fabian Way are much busier on a daily basis, helping to relieve congestion on major routes into the city. They will continue to run. Motorists who previously used the Fforestfach site will have the option of using one of the remaining two sites as an alternative.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The last day of operation at Fforestfach will be May 28. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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