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Swansea's two-way Kingsway: Under two weeks away

​​​​​​​Plans are being made for significant work that will help deliver Swansea city centre regeneration plans.

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The overnight course of work will switch eight key roads from one-way traffic to two-way.

The improvement, being planned and managed by Swansea Council, will mean that the £12m Kingsway Infrastructure Project will be closer to completion. 

Corresponding work is seeing the carriageways resurfaced at night.  

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "The major overnight operation to make The Kingsway area largely two-way is due to take place - weather and other circumstances permitting - on the Saturday night/Sunday morning of July 25/26.

"Council project staff and contractors will work through the night to minimise disruption for the public and business.

"We'll publicise the work programme widely and in good time so it can take place safely and efficiently - and so road users know about the new layout before they enter the city centre in ensuing days.

"Residents can look out for our #KingswayTwoWay hashtag on social media. I encourage motorists to make use of our map for driving through Swansea city centre from July 26; it's available for download now, we're emailing it to businesses and posting it on noticeboards around The Kingsway. I also urge pedestrians and cyclists to familiarise themselves with the new traffic flows.

"The switch to two-way traffic will allow more direct journeys across the city and help reduce traffic on The Kingsway.

"The Kingsway area's extra greenery and pedestrian areas - along with the improved traffic flow - will help make the city centre a better place in which to live, work, shop and do business.

"I thank the public for the understanding they've shown so far during this improvement process and for the forthcoming significant work and change to two-way traffic."

The two-way switch - overnight from 6.00pm on Saturday, July 25, to 9.00am on Sunday, July 26 -  will take place on The Kingsway, Orchard Street, Christina Street, Mansel Street, De La Beche Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road and Belle Vue Way. Cradock St will change its one-way direction. The junction of Pleasant Street and Orchard Street will close.

PDF Document Map of new traffic flow on the Kingsway and surrounding roads (PDF, 512KB)Opens new window

Road closures and diversions will be publicised and signposted. Traffic marshals will be on duty to help motorists through the work and the changes.

Businesses, public transport operators and residents are being kept up to date on the changes.

Russell Greenslade, chief executive of Swansea Business Improvement District (BID), said: "We know that businesses in and around The Kingsway are eager to see the current works completed, so we are pleased to see this plan in place to minimise disruption while this key change takes place.

"We will continue to support our BID area businesses throughout the Swansea city centre regeneration and we are confident the new-look Kingsway will be good for business and good for Swansea."

Cllr Stewart said: "There'll be access at all times through the work for emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. We thank everybody for their understanding as the changes take place."

The Kingsway scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Funders for some other elements of Swansea's regeneration include the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The overnight two-way switch operation was originally due to take place in early April. It was rescheduled due to the pandemic.

Facts: The £12m Kingsway Infrastructure Project

  • The new-look Kingsway is designed to help attract people to existing businesses and to encourage new businesses into the city centre. 
  • The Kingsway improvements form part of a wider plan to regenerate Swansea city centre.
  • The Kingsway area's new road is designed to be suitable for all traffic. Council planners, highway engineers, landscape architects and external design consultants have worked together on the design. The Kingsway speed limit is 20mph and the 6m road width is in line with Government guidance for HGV and bus routes.
  • The major change for traffic on and around The Kingsway will see a two-way system replace the existing one-way arrangement on The Kingsway, Orchard Street, Alexandra Road, Belle Vue Way, Grove Place, De La Beche Street, Mansel Street and Christina Street. Cradock Street will stay one-way, but will run from south to north, opposite from the direction before the change takes place. The junction of Pleasant Street and Orchard Street will close. 
  • Major effects will include: All traffic travelling between the Dyfatty and Uplands areas using Alexandra Road and Mansel Street instead of The Kingsway as Uplands-direction traffic must now do; Less traffic on The Kingsway.
  • More than 180 new trees are being introduced, doubling the number of trees in that area. Large grassy areas and many plants and shrubs are being introduced.

Map of the new traffic flow - Kingsway and surrounding streets

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