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November start date for traffic improvement scheme in Swansea

Work to upgrade a busy traffic intersection in Swansea will begin in November.

Swansea Council is making changes at the junction of Vivian Road, Broadway, Cockett Road and Townhill Road to help improve traffic flows and reduce waiting times for motorists. Traffic engineers in the Council have estimated that waiting times at the junction could quadruple in future years if changes are not implemented.

The scheme, funded by a Welsh Government transport grant, will see the two mini roundabouts at the junction replaced by traffic light controls.

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

"Our traffic engineers have looked at a series of options to address traffic congestion at the site and have put forward a scheme we are confident will improve traffic flows moving through the intersection.

 "The traffic modelling carried out by our engineers suggests that if we do not make changes now, motorists will experience waiting times around four times longer than they currently do and this is something motorists will not accept in the future."

Additional improvements will also include a new signalled junction at the Tycoch Road/Glanmor Road junction which is currently managed with a mini roundabout.

Traffic officers also held a drop-in session in Sketty to enable residents to provide feedback on the scheme. Some additional measures including the introduction of 20mph speed limits on neighbouring streets during the construction phase have been agreed following the event. The additional measures also include maintaining a right turn from Townhill Road on to Cockett Road.

Cllr Thomas added "Residents who attended a recent drop-in session provided some useful feedback which we have been able to incorporate into the existing scheme. Some of the new measures will be on a trial basis and we will monitor these to see if they have any impact on traffic flows in the longer term.

"The route we are improving is a main route for people travelling both north and south of the city and serves a number of major destinations such as the university, Singleton Hospital, Gower College, as well as many local businesses.

"Our recently adopted Local Development Plan also means that future development proposals require improvements in our highway network.

"I'm confident regular users of this interchange will welcome the planned changes having already experienced long queuing times on roads nearby."

The work is expected to take approximately 24 weeks to be completed.

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