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Shoppers benefit from The Kingsway being clear for Christmas

Swansea city centre traders are urging shoppers to take full advantage of a Kingsway that is clear of roadworks.

Kingsway proposed layout (Potter's Wheel roundabout view)

The key location has huge pedestrian-only areas as construction workers - more than halfway through Swansea Council's £12m transformation scheme - have removed heavy plant and most barriers for the holiday season.

Access is safe for all users.  

Alison Bowden, owner of Vogue Interiors, Kingsway, said: "I'm glad the roadworks have been removed for the Christmas shopping season.

"We're only two or three minutes walk from the large NCP car parks in Orchard Street and Kingsway so pedestrians can get to us really easily.

"Buses coming into town stop right opposite us too, in front of Shaws The Drapers."

Her Vogue colleague Louise Parry said: "We've been in this building for 35 years - and it's good to have long-standing neighbours either side in Specsavers and the Dragon Hotel.

"That alone shows how important The Kingsway is to the city and I hope it can be a big success in future years."

Richard Jones, of Kingsway fashion retailer Moda, said: "Businesses in and around The Kingsway have so much to offer that I'm pleased this main road is fully accessible into the new year.

"I'm excited about the future of the Kingsway area, with its new, greater focus on pedestrians, and although I understand that the roadworks are a necessity it'll be good that the area will be cleared for Christmas." 

Mark Thomas, Swansea Council's cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: "Make no bones about it: Swansea is open for Christmas!

"The city centre is very accessible indeed, with The Kingsway being an obstacle-free route to and from our wonderful local shops and business. Orchard Street also has far fewer obstacles.

"As everybody knows, the Kingsway infrastructure project is a substantial, complex project; it's right that we cleared The Kingsway of roadworks for everybody to enjoy a busy festive period in our city centre.

"As with all new road layouts, motorists and pedestrians are asked to be cautious and to approach new junctions and crossings with care and respect for one another in compliance with the Highway Code." 

Russell Greenslade, chief executive of Swansea Business Improvement District (BID) that represents more than 870 businesses, said: "Shoppers and traders are delighted to have a Kingsway free of roadworks for this crucial part of the year.

"We have worked hard with the local authority to ensure the area was clear for peak trade season for our businesses. 

"The city centre has a great mix of local and national retail, leisure and food and drink offerings and they want to offer residents and visitors a great Christmas. We encourage shoppers to support our city centre businesses; they employ thousands of people who, in turn, support the communities they live in." 

The Kingsway is being transformed into a city park, incorporating new public areas, landscaped parkland and cycle tracks. From next year there will be a two-way vehicle route and expansive pedestrian walkways.

The change to two-way traffic will take place next year along with improvement work on the extensive new pedestrian area.

Cllr Thomas said: "The whole Kingsway scheme - including improvements to Orchard Street, Alexandra Road, Christina Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road and Craddock Street and extensive greenery - is on target for a 2019 completion.

"We continually review all works in liaison with the public, traders, contractors and other stakeholders such as utilities companies - and that engagement activity will go on." 

Roadworks are suspended on The Kingsway until January 6.

Image How the Kingsway could look in future.

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