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More trees on the way to the city centre

More trees are on their way to Swansea city centre as part of The Kingsway improvement scheme.

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More than 100 have already been planted along The Kingsway, Orchard Street and Alexandra Road, to help make the city greener than ever.

The latest tree planting is taking place on the north side of Alexandra Road. New footway surfacing and additional parking bays are also being installed as part of the improvements.

The work is part of the £12 million regeneration scheme of the Kingsway and surrounding road - part of which is funded through EU funding.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said "We have made significant progress in transforming the Kingsway and adjoining streets to provide a greener, more pedestrian friendly route through the city centre.

"Now that much of the work has been completed along the Kingsway, we are focussing our attention on the other main routes nearby to transform them.

"More new trees are being planted along Alexandra Road. We are also renewing footways and improving on-street parking provision

"Contractors need a safe working environment to complete these works so it's necessary for protective barriers to be installed along some of these roads and this sometimes means reducing lanes along some busy sections of our road network. Our staff are continually monitoring traffic flows to ensure the public do not endure excessive delays.

"Once this work is complete we will be moving forward with reintroducing two-way traffic along the Kingsway, Orchard Street and Alexandra Road - and this will be done in the New Year.

"While we are carrying out this work we would urge motorists to drive responsibly through the affected areas to ensure it is safe for everyone."

The Council has already lifted roadworks along the Kingsway to ensure that it does not impact on the busy Christmas shopping period.

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