Posted: Tue 1st Mar 2016

West Way improvement works revised to reflect feedback

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2016

Revised proposals for a highway improvement scheme on West Way will be on display this week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The original proposals for the scheme have been amended in response to a consultation exercise that took place last month. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Planned changes include: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

* The introduction of a right turn from Glamorgan Street at its junction with Oystermouth Road to enable westbound travel in the Mumbles direction that isn’t currently possible
* A six-month trial reopening of William Street ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People will have the chance to see the revised proposals at St Phillips Community Centre on Clarence Terrace on Tuesday March 1 from 4.30pm to 6pm, and on Thursday March 3 from 3pm to 6pm. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The overall works programme, due to last from next month to the autumn, includes better pedestrian crossings over West Way between the Sandfields community and the city centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The scheme is being funded by the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea City Centre regeneration programme that was awarded in June, 2014. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) is a three-year programme (2014-2017) through which Swansea Council has been awarded £8.53 million to target key regeneration projects in the city centre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: “We listened closely to residents during the consultation exercise we held last month and the changes we’ve now put in place reflect the feedback we’ve received. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Before the works start, the drop-in sessions taking place next week will give people another opportunity to find out about the project and ask questions of council officers who’ll be on hand to help. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This scheme is important because it will lead to better crossing facilities on West Way and many other benefits for pedestrians, motorists and the nearby community.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Features of the forthcoming work also include a new road layout close to the City Bus Station would help improve bus movements and general traffic flows on West Way by reducing the amount of traffic light phasing. Landscaping work will introduce more greenery in the area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A landscaped traffic island to separate north and southbound traffic adjacent to the bus station will enable easy access for buses entering and leaving the bus station. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A wider footway towards the waterfront could also be put in place on the redundant northbound ftr Metro track between Wellington Street and Oystermouth Road in future. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People can visit www.swanseacitycentre.com/city-centre-improvements/westway to have a look at the revised plans and keep up to speed with project updates. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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