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Kingsway proposals could help improve public transport

Public transport services could be boosted by new proposals to redevelop Swansea's Kingsway.

Kingsway redevelopment

Swansea Council has already been in early discussions with local transport operators, including First Cymru, about how their services might run as part of the Kingsway redevelopment plans.

The Council is currently consulting on the £10million proposals which will see a new two-way traffic route along the Kingsway.

The plans also include bringing two-way traffic back along adjoining roads,  including, Alexandra Road, Mansel St, Orchard St, De La Beche St and Belle Vue Way.

An 'urban park' will also be a feature of the redevelopment which will include grassed areas and seating with emphasis on making The Kingsway more pedestrian friendly.

Justin Davies, General Manager of First said: "This proposal gives us the opportunity to look at the possibility of faster journey times in and out of the city on some routes."

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: "The Kingsway proposals will help us to improve a number of important elements within the city centre, including how public transport can operate efficiently.

"We've had early discussions with First about our plans and they have been very positive about what we have put together."

A consultation is now under way on the Kingsway proposals and the public have until March 10 to have their say online at www.swansea.gov.uk/thekingsway

Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "Our plan is to develop an employment district on The Kingsway, so a significant improvement in the area's look and feel is vital if we're to attract major employers there and create thousands of new jobs for local people.

"The transformation of The Kingsway and the creation of a new 'central park' in the heart of the city supports our regeneration plans and our ambitions to create a greener more welcoming city centre with more visitors and shoppers, helping support our existing businesses and attract more to investment in Swansea in the future.

"Together with plans for the Castle Gardens, St David's and Civic Centre development sites, these proposals will transform the city centre's retail, business, leisure and recreational offer."


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