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More streets to benefit from lower 20mph speed limits

Lower 20mph speed limits are set to be introduced near a number of city schools in Swansea.

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A number of streets in Sketty will have their speed limit lowered from 30mph down to 20mph as part of the latest Safe Routes in Communities scheme being introduced by Swansea Council.

More than £300,000 is being invested in the scheme after the Council successfully bid for the funding from the Welsh Government Local Transport Grant fund. The improvements will create a safe walking route for schoolchildren attending Parklands Primary School, Olchfa and Bishop Gore Comprehensive.

It means that around three quarters of schools across the city now benefit from lower 20mph speed limits. 

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation, said: "These road safety measures are vital to ensure communities are a safe environment for children and older people that may be crossing the road.

"The Sketty scheme was developed following discussions with local community groups and schools to find out what was important to them.

"The improvements will also create a safer driving environment for motorists and means everyone using our roads, whether its motorists or pedestrians, can feel safer."

Also included in the scheme will be the installation of three new puffin pedestrian crossings and a zebra crossing.

Traffic signals will also replace an existing mini roundabout at the junction of Gower Road/De-La-Beche Road to improve safety for motorists.

Traffic Calming measures, including raised speed cushions, will also be installed at Sketty Park Drive, New Mill Road and Aneurin Way. They will assist in encouraging motorists to lower their speeds.

The total cost of the scheme for Sketty is £346,000 and brings the level of investment to more than £1.5 million for similar schemes in Townhill, Penlan and Morriston in recent years. Sketty councillors have also contributed towards the latest road safety measures using their environmental improvements grant.  

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