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Transport grant bid secured to boost travel plans in Swansea

Swansea's Fabian Way park and ride site is set to be expanded with an extra 280 parking spaces under the latest transport improvement plans in the city.

Fabian Way Park and Ride bus

Swansea Council has received nearly £2million of Welsh Government transport funding to assist in the development and improvement of a series of transport services.

Two different grants have been secured - Local Transport Fund (LTF) and Local Transport Network Fund (LTNF).

Both will help in the ongoing improvements linked to transport routes in the city and also will help fund the further development of transport links, improving traffic flows.

In total, £1.856 million has been awarded to the Council.

Some of the money (£70k) is being used to expand the existing Fabian Way Park & Ride site, adding a further 280 spaces, helping to accommodate students and the nearby university campuses and also assist with future special events taking place in Swansea.

£700k is also being used to improve strategic bus corridors and help improve public transport services - mainly along Gower Road and Llangyfelach Road. Similar work has already been completed at a number of key traffic controlled junctions including Heol Ddu, Morriston Cross, Cockett Road and Carmarthen Road.

A further £700k has also been allocated to the South West Wales Metro project - where Swansea Council is acting as the lead delivery partner in the region and is looking at delivering a regional transport system in line with the City region aims.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "This funding is invaluable in helping us to develop our transport network in a way that utilises modern technology and meets the needs of motorists and public transport users.

"Increasing numbers of cars coming into the city means we need to look at traffic flows and how we can improve them, particularly along key arterial routes such as Fabian Way and Carmarthen Road."

Improvements are set to be made for people walking and cycling with £365k awarded for active travel schemes.

Cycle and walking routes will include Clyne Common, Kingsbridge, Pontarddulais and Swansea Vale.

Cllr Thomas added: "The Active Travel (Wales) Act puts a lots of focus on councils in Wales delivering new walking and cycling routes and making sure residents and visitors have more opportunities to cycle and walk safely away from main roads.

"We have carried out a lot of good work in recent years extending existing routes and creating new ones. Hopefully our continued efforts and plans will lead to an increase in people cycling and walking for pleasure and as a way of getting to and from work."

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