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FAQs Kingsway scheme: Benefits for road users and pedestrians

Here's a list of frequently asked questions about some benefits coming for road users and pedestrians.

How will people be kept safe on the Kingsway area's new road system?

The Kingsway's 20mph speed limit will continue.

Pedestrian crossings will include:

  • Zebra crossing  - across Dilwyn Street/Westway near the Potters Wheel roundabout.
  • Raised zebra crossings - on The Kingsway near the NCP car park and near Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
  • Raised pedestrian and cycle crossings - on The Kingsway near the Potters Wheel and near Specsavers
  • Raised puffin crossing - near the NCP car park in Orchard Street
  • Puffin crossings - in De La Beche Street, in Alexandra Road near the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery main entrance and near the junction with Orchard Street, in St Helen's Road near the Quaker Meeting House
  • Pelican crossing - Mansel Street, near the Peter Alan estate agency.

Where will buses drop off and pick up in the Kingsway area?

There'll be a mix of existing bus stops and new ones.

In Orchard Street there'll be bus stops on the northbound and southbound carriageways.

On The Kingsway they'll be on the eastbound and westbound carriageways.

On Christina Street there'll be bus stops on the northbound and southbound carriageways.

I'll be driving into the Kingsway area; where can I load and unload?

There are a number of loading bays available.

They'll be put in place on both sides of The Kingsway, Mansel Street and Orchard Street, on Pleasant Street, Richards Place, Horton Street, Park Street, Cradock Street, Northampton lane, De-La-Beche Street and Singleton Street - and on the Belle Vue spur outside the Dragon Hotel.

I live in the city centre's Kingsway area and have a residents parking permit; can I still use it?

Yes! Existing residents' permit bays set aside exclusively for permit holders on Pleasant Street, Pell Street and Page Street will be retained.

I'm popping into town for a brief period. Where can I park - or wait - on and around The Kingsway for a short period?

There'll be a number of limited waiting options.

These include short-stay paid parking on Mansel Street, Christina Street, De-La-Beche Street, Cradock Street, Pell Street and Plymouth Street along with other nearby locations such as Oxford Street, Castle Street and The Strand. Longer-stay parking is available nearby in council car parks and those run by business.

There'll also be limited-waiting opportunities in locations such as Page Street, Richards Place, Newton Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road, Pleasant Street, Cradock Street and Picton Lane. Also nearby in Willows Place and Gore Terrace.

I'm a driver who holds a disabled badge. Where can I park - or wait - for a short while in the Kingsway area?

There'll be a number of time-limited options giving those with a disability access to The Kingsway and its neighbouring streets - some spaces will be exclusively for those with disabled badges.

There'll be short-stay parking for disabled badge holders at locations such as Mansel Street, Christina Street, De-La-Beche Street, Pell Street, Plymouth Street, Richards Place, Newton Street, Pleasant Street, Orchard Street, Belle Vue Way, Grove Place, Alexandra Road, Cradock Street, and on the access roads between the Kingsway and Northampton Lane and between Oxford Street and Park Street East car park. Also nearby at Oxford Street, Castle Street and The Strand.

Longer-stay city centre car parks also have spaces for disabled drivers. Particularly close to The Kingsway, these include Park Street East, Park Street West, Pell Street, Northampton Lane and Oxford Street. 

What about essential services in The Kingsway area? How can they park?

There are a number of dedicated parking spaces for doctors, ambulances and police vehicles. The streets are: Dynevor Place (police), Grove Place/Alexandra Road (ambulance), Trinity Place and Horton Street (doctors).

Will there be anywhere in the new road system for coaches to pick up and drop off?

Yes. There'll be short-stay space for them in Alexandra Road, next to the university buildings.

Will there be places for taxis to stop?

Yes. Taxis will have areas they can stop or wait in locations such as Belle Vue Way, Plymouth Street, Oxford Street, and the access roads between Newton Street and Christina Street and The Kingsway and Northampton Lane.

Will there be any free parking on streets in the core city centre?

No. Limited parking times and modest charges will encourage a swift turnover of road users wishing to pop in and out of the city centre for short periods. Free on-street parking will remain on the edge of the core city centre - in locations such as Mansel Street, Picton Lane, Cradock Street, Willows Place, Gore Terrace, Orchard Street, Richards Place, Newton Street, Grove Place and Pleasant Street.

Will The Kingsway's new road be suitable for all traffic?

Yes. The Kingsway, Orchard Street, Alexandra Road, Mansel Street, Christina Street, Belle Vue Way will become two-way. On The Kingsway there will be two lanes of traffic between Christina Street and Belle Vue Way. There will be two lanes on The Kingsway, one in each direction. It's wide enough to accommodate everyday private vehicles, public transport and other commercial vehicles. Council planners, highway engineers, landscape architects and external design consultants have worked together to design a scheme which reflects the view of the community who were consulted. The Kingsway road width between kerbs is 6m. This complies with Department for Transport design guidance for bus routes and heavy goods vehicles. It is typical of many other Swansea streets.

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