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Council bids for major boost to city cycling network

Swansea Council has launched a bid for £3.6m of Welsh Government funding to expand the city's cycling network.

Cycling in Swansea

New strategic off-road strategic routes connecting Llansamlet railway station to Morriston Hospital and another linking Morriston and the DVLA to Junction 46 of the M4 are all part of the plan.

Smaller off-road 'local routes' for footpaths and cyclists at Penyrheol, Cwm Level and Birchgrove are also being bid for.

The bids amounting to £3.6m of funding from the Welsh Government's £60m Active Travel fund have been endorsed by the council's External Funding Panel.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management said the application was a strong one.

He said: "Swansea has a network of high quality off-road cycleways and footpaths and we are looking to build on that all the time. We have a National Cycle Network route which comes through the city and our proposals aim to enhance the links it already provides.

"For example, if our application for funding for strategic routes is successful cyclists will be able to use an off-road network that links places like Llansamlet to the Enterprise Zone and to Morriston town centre as well as then connecting through to the city centre and to Morriston Hospital.

"In addition to that there would be local routes introduced in places like Gorseinon, Grovesend and Cwm Level. Plans for Singleton Park and Sketty would connect communities north of Singleton Park direct to the National Cycle Network route on Swansea Prom."

The proposals for a total of 16 schemes ranging in cost from £400,000 for the Swansea Vale Shared Use Link to £65,000 for the Morriston South Link were submitted to the Welsh Government earlier this month and the council is now waiting for a response.

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