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Millions of pounds of investment planned for roads

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MILLIONS of pounds of extra investment in street lights, roads and footpaths is being planned over the next two years

MILLIONS of pounds of extra investment in street lights, roads and footpaths is being planned over the next two years.

A £10m set up earlier this year to help improve the condition of Swansea's road network over the coming three years has already started its work in fixing or replacing thousands of street lights across the city.

And now a new report to Cabinet in early January sets out further proposals for investment including improving roads and footpaths in the city's Target Areas as well as upgrades on bridges and street lighting

The Council has already started replacing lights that were cut down because they were unsafe and is aiming to start work early in 2013 to replace thousands of street lights in the city.

The multi million pound improvement schemes will use energy-efficient lighting to replace all old street lighting.

There are more than 27,000 street lights in communities across the city and most of them are old and will be replaced.

June Burtonshaw, the Council's Cabinet Member for Place in Swansea said: "Street lighting is important to help make residents feel safe in their communities and they are part of the fabric of our neighbourhoods.

"This is part of an overall scheme which is being funded via a prudential borrowing scheme supported by the Welsh Government."

The first year of the programme was agreed earlier this year. Cabinet is being asked to agree how to spend the remaining funds in the second and third years.

If the plans are approved cash will be spent on upgrading roads and footpaths in Target Areas along with £400,000 on structures such as bridges.

Other schemes set to benefit include the Hafod traffic management project, improvements to pelican crossings and raising some bus stops to help passengers get on and off buses more easily.

Carl Humphrey, Head of Streetscene in Swansea Council said the street light improvement scheme is an important step. He added: "Our long term plans have always been to develop a modern street lighting network that uses energy saving technology.

"This extra investment will help us to implement a street lighting energy reduction programme. Enabling us to have more street lighting than we currently have and it will be much cheaper to run. It will also assist the community by significantly reducing light pollution and carbon emissions"

He said: "The extra investment will also target some of the backlog of road works highlighted in the Council's Highway Asset Management programme."

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