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Broadway transport upgrade to start soon

Improvements to a busy traffic interchange in Swansea will begin in January.

Swansea Council will be bringing in contractors on January 13 to commence the £1.1million upgrade to the Broadway Interchange near Townhill/Sketty.

The recently approved plans will see the two mini-roundabouts at the junction of Vivian Road, Broadway, Cockett Road and Townhill Road replaced with traffic signal controls in a bid to relieve traffic congestion at the site and manage future growth in traffic levels using the route.

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 previously 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."

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