Current active travel schemes
These are designed to connect local residents, schools and businesses with the wider cycle network, encouraging more active travel and bringing long-lasting positive change to the heart of your community.
We are continually developing and delivering new active travel routes from the integrated network map (INM), providing dedicated walking and cycling infrastructure that facilitates active travel journeys across the City and County of Swansea.
The projects listed below for 2020/21 and 2021/22 have been developed as part of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and have been funded by the Welsh Government.
The proposed works will see a mixture of hybrid cycle lanes and shared-use paths connecting the popular promenade facility with the settlements of Mayals, West Cross and ultimately Bishopston and beyond.
It is anticipated that works will start in early December 2020 to meet Welsh Government funding requirements.
We understand people's interest in the future of the trees in Mayals Road. Nineteen are being removed not because of the active travel scheme but because they are diseased and need to be taken down to keep people safe. The vast majority of the remaining trees are in good condition and will remain but thanks only to the active travel funding we have a chance to swap the diseased trees for around 40 healthy replacements.
A detailed traffic and pedestrian management plan will be agreed with the contractor once appointed. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and advance notice signs will be erected on site providing further information closer to the start date.
The project consists of:
- 3m and 4m wide shared-use paths
- Two 1.5m wide hybrid cycle lanes at footway level
- Cycle by-passes at bus stops
- Two 4m wide toucan crossings
- Carriageway level cycle lane at junctions
- Simplifying the complex junction at Westport Avenue and Owls Lodge Lane
- Raised plateaux at Fairwood Road and Whitestone Close
Frequently asked questions about the Mayals Road link project
Why is Mayals Road the preferred route for a new Active Travel cycle route?
Mayals Road provided a direct route from the seafront on Swansea Bay to Clyne Common and its characteristics offer the opportunity to create new cycle and walking infrastructure (separate to the running carriageway).
Why does the council want to create a cycle/walking route towards Clyne Common?
Our future proposals are to create a new cycle/walking route across Clyne Common, linking up with the community of Bishopston.
Has consultation taken place?
Mayals Road was included in a city wide plan of proposed cycle routes in 2017 and a three-month consultation took place, offering the public the opportunity to also suggest other routes.
Why can't the council choose a different route for the new cycle lane (eg Fairwood Road)?
When the original proposals for Mayals Road were agreed, all alternative routes were also looked at, in terms of the impact a new cycle route would have on existing highway infrastructure. Fairwood Road was looked at as part of this; however, this route is less direct being around 40% longer. Furthermore, the loss of structured parking at the western end of the road to create a route meant that this is considered a less suitable solution.
Why does the council need to cut down trees on Mayals Road?
We have completed a survey of trees along Mayals Road as part of city wide work to monitor the condition of all our trees. The trees identified for felling on Mayals Road are all either diseased or dying and need felling.
If the new cycle route was not planned for Mayals Road, what would happen to the trees?
The trees identified as diseased or dying would still need to be felled. We have taken the opportunity to access funding to replace these trees by planting two trees for every one removed. Not doing this as part of the Active Travel scheme would leave the council with little or no funds to replace the trees in the future.
How many trees are being removed?
Mayals Road features approximately 130 trees (various species). A total of 19 trees are being removed.
Why is it necessary to create new cycle lanes?
We want to increase its existing cycle network (currently 120km city wide) so that all communities across the city are linked up by cycle/walking lanes. This will help encourage more people to cycle and reduce the reliance on cars as a form of transport.
How much is this new route costing the council?
We have secured more money than any other council in Wales so far for new cycle infrastructure. This year (2020/21) the Welsh Government has provided £5.1million of Active Travel funding to Swansea. £1.8m of this funding will pay for the Mayals/Sketty network link project.
Are the new cycle routes wide enough?
All elements of the proposed cycle network conform with the Active Travel Design Guidance, published by Welsh Government. The design seeks to balance the needs of the various users of the highway while maintaining the intrinsic character of Mayals Road.
This link will provide a new walking and cycling link between Carmarthen Road and Townhill Road. This route will intersect with the recently constructed Gors Avenue shared use path, and a route also due to be constructed this year along Townhill Road.
A major proportion of this route will provide access to the communities at the highest point of Townhill, providing good quality walking and cycling infrastructure to enable otherwise difficult journeys with the challenging topography that is present in this area.
Switchbacks will be created through the middle section of this route to alleviate the steep incline that is only accessed through the use of steps at present to provide an accessible route for both pedestrians and cyclists.
This route will provide an important link between the residents of Townhill and the Townhill Northern Link (also known as The Ravine), enabling Active Travel journeys through the centre of Townhill. This connecting link will provide a spinal route for the Townhill Community as well as providing and improving access and active travel choices for those travelling to the local primary school, Townhill Community School and local amenities. With links at both the north and south end of the route due to be completed in near future, the opportunity for active travel both within, and beyond the community will be greatly improved, from that of the current provision.
At 0.59km, this small section of shared use path will provide a key link from the existing active travel route along the foreshore (National Cycle Network Route 4) to the Guildhall, a major employment centre and the Crown Court.
This project will complement the improvements made to provide shared use paths in Singleton Park during 2018/19, and facilitate onward links through the Sketty Park Estate to link with Olchfa Comprehensive School and Bishop Gore Comprehensive School. The project will see 2km of shared use paths constructed adjacent to Sketty Park Road, Sketty Park Drive and Park Way, and provide enhanced connectivity into the active travel networks serving the city.
The construction of Olchfa Link will open and enable access for a large area of Killay to National Cycle Network Route 4, providing off-road traffic-free access to a number of destinations including the city centre. The 2.5km shared use path will serve to provide an alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists, to take them away from the congested Gower Road corridor.
Olchfa Link will also provide an alternative walking route to school for pupils attending Olchfa Comprehensive School.
Frequently asked questions about the Olchfa link project
Will the works have a negative impact on the site's ecology?
As the scheme is primarily a surface improvement to an existing bridleway, there will be little or no impact upon the ecology of the area. The method of construction has been developed to minimise impact to the areas surrounding the existing track.
What steps have you taken to protect the ecology of the area?
We've take a number of steps to ensure the ecology of the area is protected. The protection measures we have taken include:
- Commissioning an independent ecology report to provide insight into local plant and wildlife. The report has informed the approach to upgrading the bridleway.
- The ecologist will act as advisor to the construction team.
- Measures have been taken to minimise the risk of accidental damage due to the works
- Steps will be taken to enhance the local habitat, under the guidance of the ecologist
- Advice has been taken from the County Ecologist and NRW
- Advice has been taken from species experts regarding fungi and Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
I was told the council can't start work because a bid to the NRW to have the area declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest has been made. Is that correct?
NRW has told us that the works currently planned are not incompatible with any future SSSI notifications and are not likely to damage the potential features for which a site would be notified.
We recognise the ecological importance of the area and that people enjoy visiting because of this. We have visited the site with independent experts and agreed protective measures with them. In addition we have hired an independent ecologist to help supervise the work and provide further advice.
We've been discussing the project with the NRW over a number of months. The NRW has also told us that the work we are doing would not prevent the area from being declared an SSSI in the future.
Does the work being done on the route comply with the Environment (Wales) Act?
Yes. The work is in compliance with what's called a 'Section 6 duty' of the Act. More information about it can be found here: www.legislation.gov.uk/anaw/2016/3/section/6/enacted
Why is another cycle route being built through Clyne Valley?
The existing bridleway designation permits walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The planned upgrade will not change this. However, with an improved surface in place the route will become more accessible to a greater number of users. The scheme will provide enhanced access for a large area of Killay and Hendrefoilan along the improved bridleway through Clyne Valley, linking in the south to the seafront providing traffic-free access to a number of key destinations, including the city centre. The improved route will serve to provide an alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists, to take them away from vehicle dominant areas such as Gower Road.
What measures are being put in place to avoid potential conflict between the different types of users?
The aim is to enhance the condition of the surface of the existing bridleway to provide a safer and more inclusive facility for the wider community, and allowing continued use by the same user groups that are currently permitted to use the route. Signs will be installed to remind users to share the path with care. Signs will remind cyclists to give way to all users, horses should give way to pedestrians and all users should be mindful of one another.
Will the scheme include measures to reduce the speeds of cyclists?
Cyclists will be reminded to be considerate to other users by signage. In addition, at certain locations physical measures will be introduced on the path. The design team acknowledges the character of the area and are seeking to develop a scheme which is both practical and sympathetic to all users.
Will the scheme damage the site's heritage?
No, these sites will not be affected by the construction of the new shared use path. We will also be installing information boards to highlight the site's heritage and environmental features.
This scheme proposes to construct a missing link in the Swansea Northern Strategic Route, connecting with the recently constructed A48 Link to the east, and existing infrastructure in Gorseinon and ultimately NCN 4 to the west.
The proposed section would provide a 2.8km off-road shared use path adjacent to Gorseinon Road, connecting Penllergaer to Gorseinon, providing local access to employment, education, shops, services and amenities, and wider strategic connectivity to the existing off-road network.
Frequently asked questions about the Penllergaer to Gorseinon link project
What is 'Active Travel'?
Active Travel is a term for using alternative modes of transport instead of the car like cycling or walking. 'Active Travel' routes are intended to benefit people of all ages
when using non-motorised methods (walking or cycling) to get about.
What are the plans for a new route in Gorseinon/Penllergaer?
Swansea Council has received funding from the Welsh Government to design an off road shared-use route for pedestrians and cyclists between Penllergaer and
Gorseinon. If the Welsh Government is happy with the planned route layout, the Council will be in a good position to apply for further funding to construct the route.
Where will the new route go?
The new route would stretch between Penllergaer and Gorseinon along the A4240 (Gorseinon Road) and will provide the missing link between recently completed
walking and cycling routes previously completed at Kingsbridge and the A48 (between Penllergaer and Morriston).
Why has Gorseinon Road been chosen and not an alternative route?
Gorseinon Road provides the most direct route between Penllergaer and Gorseinon linking local facilities, schools, businesses, public transport and existing Active Travel
routes. The route was originally approved in 2017 when the Council developed its Integrated Network Map.
What is the Integrated Network Map
The INM is a city-wide wish list of cycling and walking routes the council wants to develop over a number of years. The current map was put together in 2017 and
included a 12 week public consultation before it was submitted to the WG for approval.
How will the new route in Gorseinon/Penllergaer be developed?
The preferred design by the council will feature a shared use path along the existing pavements along Gorseinon Road. To enable pedestrians and cyclists to use the
route, the pavements will be widened to enable safe use by both groups.
Will the new path result in loss of on street parking?
A short section of the route, between Llewellyn Road and Dilwyn Road, travels through a residential area, where there is already some informal and formal on-street
parking available. Some of the informal on-street parking will be removed on the southern side of Gorseinon Road to accommodate the new wider pavement.
Increased formalised on-street parking bays will be created on the opposite side of the road to mitigate the lost informal on-street parking. The majority of properties along this section benefit from having off-road parking and this should not impact on residents' ability to park their vehicles.
Why do we need more walking and cycling routes?
Councils in Wales are working with the Welsh Government to address increases in car congestion and the impact this has on our local environment. Creating a better system in towns and cities to enable more people to walk and cycle safely can help improve their health and also reduce the need to use a car. The aim of Swansea Council is to create a city-wide walking and cycle network connecting communities, making it easier for people to get around.