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New-look car park boost for attraction visitors

Improvements to a key Swansea car park are set to help users of major attractions such as the LC and the National Waterfront Museum.

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The 460-space St David's multi storey car park is getting hi-tech new pay and display ticket machines and the entrance barrier will be removed, making access swifter and more straightforward.

Added to lighting that has just been improved, the facility is to get fresh signage with large-scale maps showing the five-minute walk to the attractions' front doors. It will be open 24/7.

The improvements will come in good time for the closure of the nearby Oystermouth Road car park on October 21 as continued preparatory work is undertaken in readiness for construction of the £120m Swansea Central Phase One scheme.

The digital indoor arena is one aspect of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project that's due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.

From October 21, customers of the LC and National Waterfront Museum are advised to park in St David's. Those with vehicles over 1.8m in height are advised to use the nearby Paxton Street car park as the multi-storey has a height limit.

The St David's car park is also convenient for attractions such as Swansea Museum, the Dylan Thomas Centre and the Marina.

Mark Thomas, the council's cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: "The St David's car park is convenient for these major attractions and we want to make it as simple as possible to use for their thousands of people who visit them every week.

"There will be new road signs and pedestrian signs, new ticket machines with big, bright displays and large-scale maps for those unfamiliar with the route they'll be taking.

"This is in addition to the recently improved lights, our daily sweeping of the floors, our regular pressure washing of the stairwells and our regular security patrols.

"Including St David's - and without the Oystermouth Road car park - there are more than 2,500 car park spaces within 10 minutes walk of the LC and the National Waterfront Museum. There are good park and ride options from Fabian Way and Landore.

"Swansea Central Phase One - with its 3,500-capacity arena, parkland, homes, commercial space and landmark bridge - is being built over the next two years. It will bring a total of more than 900 spaces, including around 350 on the site of today's Oystermouth Road car park."

New ticket machines and technology will be installed in other council car parks in due course. Improvements are underway at High Street multi-storey car park.

The St David's car park, accessed by car from Princess Way close to its Oystermouth Road junction, has 33 ground-floor disabled spaces. A further nine disability spaces have been created in Burrows Place, close to the entrances of the LC, National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Museum. The Oystermouth Road car park disabled spaces will remain open until the arena's full construction begins.

There will be no price rise when the changes take place, LC membership holders will be able to use their three-hour free parking discs there and other visitors will continue to receive a £1 discount on presentation of their ticket at the LC and National Waterfront Museum. The same applies at Paxton Street. Both car parks continue to be free all day Sunday.

The St David's car park will now join Paxton Street in opening 24/7.

The timings of the Oystermouth Road pedestrian crossings will be monitored to keep waits there to a minimum. Lighting columns are being installed on the path that leads from Oystermouth Road to the front doors of the two attractions.

Coach drop offs and pick-ups will be outside Swansea Museum. Coaches are advised to park at the Fabian Way Park and Ride.

Other alternative parking nearby includes:

  • Around 5 minutes walk to the LC entrance
    • Paxton Street (331 spaces)
    • Quadrant multi-storey (517 spaces)
    • City Gates NCP multi-storey (248 spaces)
  • Around 6-10 minutes walk to the LC entrance
    • East Burrows car park (230 spaces)
    • The Strand (218 spaces)
    • Trawler Road car parks (50 spaces)
    • Worcester Place (21 spaces)
    • Park and ride bus drop-offs

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Image: A map that will appear in the St David's multi storey car park showing how convenient the facility is for key Swansea attractions. Click to enlarge.

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