Posted: Wed 25th Jan 2017

New Tree-Lined Footway Set For City Centre Road

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jan 25th, 2017

Thousands of pedestrians every month will soon benefit from a wide, tree-lined footway being introduced on West Way in Swansea city centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stretching between West Way’s junctions with Clarence Terrace and Oystermouth Road, the new footway will replace the northbound bus lane which is no longer in use. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council is behind the work, which is being funded with a £250,000 grant from the Welsh Government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The work, starting on Wednesday January 25 and due for completion by the end of March this year, will require a temporary southbound lane closure to enable the removal of the existing central reserve, when needed. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Trees and shrub beds will be put in place along the new footway. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: “Funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea city centre regeneration programme has already seen many improvements being introduced on West Way over the last year, including more greenery and better links for pedestrians between Sandfields and the city centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“But when we first consulted on the project 12 months ago, residents also asked for a widened footway between Clarence Terrace and Oystermouth Road to better connect the link between the area and the seafront for pedestrians. The approval of this additional grant funding from the Welsh Government means we’re now able to meet this request by the end of March this year, helping further improve the look of a key gateway in and out of the city centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The very nature of these works means there will be an element of disruption, but we’ll do all we can to minimise it because we’re conscious of the volume of traffic that uses West Way every day. This is why, wherever possible, all works that require a lane closure will be carried out during off-peak hours.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Other works to have been completed on West Way over the last year include a new road layout close to the City Bus Station to help bus movements. Improved traffic light phasing has also been introduced to help with traffic flows. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Awarded in June 2014, the Welsh Government’s three-year Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme (2014-2017) has awarded Swansea Council more than £9 million to target key regeneration projects in the city centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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