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New Morfa road reaches final stages in development

A major transport route developed to help regenerate Swansea's River Tawe corridor is set to open in the Spring.

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Work on the final stages of the Morfa Distributor Road is being completed and when finished, the 1.7km road will help open up the riverside for further development and provide a direct transport link between the Liberty Stadium and the city centre.

The multi million pound transport scheme has been funded by a series of Welsh Government transport grants and the funding received in 2016 has meant Swansea Council is able to complete the development a year ahead of schedule.

Additional funding is also being provided by developers associated with the regeneration plans.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation, said: "The completion of this road will be a huge benefit for Swansea in terms of the local community and also the economic regeneration ongoing along the Tawe corridor.

"Having the main route in place has helped to unlock the development potential all the way along the route and we are already seeing the benefits of this."

Since the road construction began, new residential development has been completed and Hitachi Rail is also siting its depot nearby as part of the rail electrification plans.

Other sites along the route are also being considered for future development.

The Council also expects some motorists currently travelling along Neath Road in Hafod to use the route and this could lead to a reduction in traffic congestion in the community and assist in lowering pollution levels.

Cllr Hopkins added: "For many years, Neath Road has been the main route through Hafod and large volumes of traffic have impacted on pollution levels.

"We expect the new road to ease some of this congestion and help improve some of the associated pollution problems in the area."

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