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Kingsway 'urban park' included in £10 million redevelopment

A tree-lined urban park is set to be created along one of Swansea's main transport routes as part of a £10 million redevelopment plan.

Kingsway redevelopment

Swansea Council is planning a major redevelopment of The Kingsway which will include a new two-way traffic route.

The scheme will also create a pedestrian-friendly environment and will include the removal of the existing two lanes of traffic on the northern side of the road to help create a new urban park.

The proposed new layout will see the current bus lane removed to allow traffic to travel in both directions on the southern side of the carriageway.

A public consultation is now set to get underway where views are being sought on the plans.

Work is expected to start along the route later in 2017.

The redevelopment of The Kingsway will also include the introduction of two-way traffic along surrounding roads including, Alexandra Road, Mansel St, Orchard St, De La Beche St and Belle Vue Way.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transportation said: "The Kingsway is a route that has often been seen to split the city centre is two because of the large volumes of traffic using it.

"Moving traffic around city centre roads is a complex job and it's one we are keen to improve so we can keep the city on the move.

"The regeneration plans for The Kingsway focus more heavily on pedestrians and making the route a destination for shoppers and city centre workers.

"Introducing two-way traffic along the Kingsway and surrounding roads will help us achieve more efficient traffic flows and cut journey times'

"We want to hear from the public now ahead of the redevelopment to find out what they think."

The redevelopment will also support the council's broader vision for The Kingsway and the city centre.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: "Our plan is to develop an employment district on The Kingsway, so a significant improvement in the area's look and feel is vital if we're to attract major employers there and create thousands of new jobs for local people.

"The transformation of The Kingsway and the creation of a new 'central park' in the heart of the city supports our regeneration plans and our ambitions to create a greener more welcoming city centre with more visitors and shoppers, helping support our existing businesses and attract more to investment in Swansea in the future.

"Together with plans for the Castle Gardens, St David's and Civic Centre development sites, these proposals will transform the city centre's retail, business, leisure and recreational offer."


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