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Princess Way is a shining example of success

image depicting City Centre Princess Way

Swansea Council is using an innovative method of lighting to brighten up a popular walking route in the city centre.

Hundreds of small LED lights have been installed into new public benches along Princess Way. The lights have been used as part of the Council's plans to regenerate the area and provide a safe and bright walking environment.

The use of low energy LED lighting technology means that the Council can keep the area well lit during the evenings at a minimal cost. The Council confirmed that the costs to light Princess Way since the redevelopment are only just over £2,000 per year.

The innovative regeneration scheme has included public art installations as well as the illuminated benches. Footways were also improved and additional public lighting introduced along the route.

Chris Holley, Leader of Swansea Council said, "We're absolutely thrilled with the transformation of Princess Way.

"Our main focus was improving a vital link between the National Waterfront Museum and the city centre. We feel we have achieved this with the route having more emphasis on pedestrian use rather than providing a route for transport.

"The introduction of public art is also a bold statement of Swansea's confidence in its regeneration.

"Princess Way now has a sense of originality and identity and is something we can be proud of."

Safer Swansea Community Safety Coordinator Jeff Davison said: "The regeneration of this area has led to a brighter, more open and therefore safer area for pedestrians. This is an example of how physical works can help reduce crime and fear of crime."

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