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Transport funding to boost bus services approved

More than £800,000 of Welsh Government transport funding is being used to improve transport links in Swansea.

Buses at Swansea Bus Station

Swansea Council has approved a number of schemes which target strategic transport links in the city and will help pave the way for improved public transport services across the city.

Bids to the WG Local Transport Fund (LTF) and the Local Transport Network Fund (LTNF) by the Council has resulted in £882,000 being secured for two schemes.

£482,000 will help take forward the South West Wales Metro scheme - a regional strategic transport project which will look to create better regional transport links with neighbouring local authorities.

The funding will be used to consider rail and bus business cases as well as Active Travel schemes to improve cycle links.

The remaining £400,000 will help fund further work to boost bus links in the city by investigating the feasibility of establishing future bus hubs in Morriston, Mumbles, Gowerton and Pontarddulais, creating key points of interchange.  The money will also help establish a better public transport corridor between Swansea Valley and Mumbles.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said: "This latest funding allocation is imperative in helping us develop a better regional transport network. We can continue the work already underway where we are looking at how we can improve transport links strategically - for motorists, public transport users and cyclists.

"Public transport is vital to our own integrated transport plans. We've already invested a lot in our transport network to help provide priority measures for bus services and assist in making it a good alternative to using cars. The latest plans will assist us in looking at creating public transport hubs outside of the city centre."

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