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Transport funding aims to improve 'bottleneck' junction in Swansea

Plans to help ease congestion at a traffic bottleneck in Swansea are set to be approved.

The busy junction near Gower College Swansea's Ty Coch campus - known as Broadway Interchange, is set to be redesigned in a bid to improve traffic flows into and out of the city.

A total of £85k will be used from a Welsh Government local transport grant to accelerate a design scheme for the interchange.

It's hoped the scheme will help alleviate congestion at the junction where Vivian Road, Broadway and Glanmor Road connect.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "At peak times, this junction becomes very busy and congested.

"With high levels of vehicles using it, we need to look at an improved design of the interchange, which could ease congestion, increase vehicle capacity through the junction and also speed up public transport journey times.

"This element of funding will help with this design phase but we will need to bid for further funding in 2019 to enable the physical changes to be made."

In June, the Council approved the allocation of £1.8 million local transport funding.

More than £356k is being used to develop Active Travel schemes - improving cycling and walking routes in key parts of the city. They include a shared use cycle/walking path from Gowerton to Kingsbridge, Gorseinon as well as new shared use path through Swansea Vale.

£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.

Fabian Way Park and Ride is also being extended to introduce 280 extra parking spaces.

Cllr Thomas 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."

"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."

The report on Broadway Interchange will be presented to Cabinet - December 20. 

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