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Work starts on new Swansea city centre public space

Work started today (April 23) on another key element of Swansea's city centre regeneration.

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Contractors began the demolition of two Oxford Street properties, paving the way for a new pedestrian route directly linking The Kingsway and the bus station in the future as part of the development of the former Oceana site.

It is part of a £12m investment in The Kingsway where work began this month to transform it into a "digital district" - creating hundreds of jobs - and a people-friendly green artery for the city. It includes £4.5m of EU funds to assist with the land preparation and refurbishment of buildings.

The two properties being demolished were formerly occupied by fashion shop Nefertiti and hair salon Toni & Guy. The properties were purchased by Swansea Council through their Vibrant and Viable Places Regeneration programme in which they were awarded over £9m of Welsh Government regeneration funding targeting the city centre.  The buildings are being taken down over the coming months by Welsh civil engineers Griffiths.

Other properties and Oxford Street's pedestrian area will not be affected during this work which will be carried out from Picton Lane to the rear.

Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said: "As with the work now under way on The Kingsway, this is something positive that people can see happening.

"The creation of a pedestrian link from Oxford Street towards The Kingsway's former Oceana site - set to become a hi-tech digital village - is another step in the transformation of our city that will benefit generations to come."

The Kingsway is being turned into a city park incorporating new public areas, landscaped parkland, cycle tracks and a two-way single lane vehicle route along with the creation of wider pedestrian walkways.

Contractors Dawnus are creating the new pedestrian areas along the southbound carriageway (metro track), a phase is expected to run until late summer this year.

The work will also help set the scene for the new, state-of-the-art digital village for tech businesses. The village is due to be part-funded by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal - an investment in 11 major projects across the Swansea Bay City Region, subject to the approval of business cases, with funding from the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector.

Cllr Stewart said: "Public sector confidence in the area is driving private sector confidence with work already starting on more Kingsway developments.

"We want to transform the city centre into a vibrant and bustling centre for business and leisure.

"The investment in the new city green artery and new traffic system will prepare the Kingsway for its transformation into the Digital District as we start to deliver the Swansea Bay City Deal projects."

The transformation will also see a return of two-way traffic routes along the Kingsway and surrounding roads.

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