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City centre roads to get new surfaces

New road surfaces are to be laid next week (note w/c Oct 14) as a major Swansea city centre regeneration project moves forward.

Kingsway proposed layout (Potter's Wheel roundabout view)

The important work - to take place at night-time - is part of Swansea Council's £12m Kingsway scheme.

Fresh Tarmac will be laid at the Kingsway's junctions with:

  • St Helen's Road and Dillwyn Street
  • Christina Street
  • Orchard Street, College Street and Belle Vue Way.

The work will enable the forthcoming completion of a main roundabout outside the Potters Wheel pub and new pedestrian crossings.

The whole scheme will see The Kingsway transformed into a pedestrian-friendly area with wide walkways, landscaped parkland, new greenery and trees, cycle tracks and two-way 20mph two-way vehicle route along. 

Neighbouring streets are being remodelled, with more two-way traffic being introduced to help improve traffic flow in and around the city centre.

Mark Thomas, the council's cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "Next week's resurfacing work will improve the area significantly for road users.

"It will go a long way to helping us deliver this transformative Kingsway project. This major investment will have a huge impact on our city centre's ongoing regeneration.

"Next week's resurfacing is a significant job so we will temporarily close some roads during the night for a few days.

"Diversions will be in place outside of rush hour and I thank road users, businesses and others in advance for their understanding.

"I advise them to plan ahead. We know this may affect some city centre residents and we plan to contact them before the work starts."

Roads to be closed temporarily and intermittently at periods between 6.30pm-6am on the nights of Monday, October 14, to Thursday, October 17, will be Orchard Street, The Kingsway, Dillwyn Street, Pleasant Street, College Street, Belle Vue Way, Christina Street, Cradock Street and parts of St Helen's Road. Closure times for each road will be announced as the work progresses. Work is due to be completed by 6am Friday.

Access for emergency vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained. Access for businesses will be enabled via diversionary routes. Access to the Dragon Hotel, Grand Theatre and other key locations will be maintained. Public transport operators are being informed.

Temporary signs will be in place and diversions will be clearly signposted via unaffected roads such as Alexandra Road, High Street, Castle Street, Caer Street, Princess Way, Oystermouth Road, Guildhall Road South, Brynymor Road, Brynymor Crescent, Walter Road, Mansel Street, Grove Place and parts of St Helen's Road.

There continues to be a number of workers on site to carry out a variety of duties including laying paving, site clearance and preparing new work areas.

The project's main elements are due to be completed before the November 17 Christmas lights switch on. Final landscaping work is due to be completed early next year.



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