The Boulevard scheme is aimed at creating a vibrant, tree-lined City street between the River Tawe bridges and Princess Way which will make the most of Swansea’s stunning natural location by improving links between the City Centre and its Waterfront.
The scheme will provide an effective balance between the route’s role as the main road into the City Centre and the need for increased pedestrian movement and permeability.
The key objectives will aim to deliver:It is one of a series of projects being funded by the Welsh Government, the Wales European Funding Office (via European Development Funding) and Swansea Council. Funding for these schemes is ring-fenced and time-bound which means it can only be spent on this project, and all works must be completed by 2015.
- a visually and environmentally enhanced space to improve the look of a key gateway in and out of the City Centre. This will help improve the impressions of Swansea that residents, visitors and potential investors are left with;
- a finished scheme which has sustainability at its heart, both in terms of the materials used during construction and the opening up of employment and training opportunities for local people;
- a green, tree-lined corridor with strong links to the waterfront that’s a usable space in the heart of the City;
- greater use of cycling, walking and running to encourage physical activity;
- greater use of public transport through the introduction of bus lanes/gates;
- reduced congestion and pollution through the introduction of state-of-the-art traffic management systems.
What work has already been completed?
A substantial amount of work has already been completed on site, all of which has helped to facilitate the final two phases of the Boulevard project. To read more about previously completed projects click the following link – Boulevard Completed Works.
What happens now?
The remaining Boulevard works are being completed in two phases; Phase 1 will be delivered from February 2013 and will cover the area between Princess Way and The Strand. Phase 2 will be delivered during 2014 and will fill the gap between The Strand and the River Tawe Bridges.
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How is the project funded?
The scheme from the Tawe Bridges to Princess Way is being made possible thanks to funding from various sources including the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Assembly Government’s Strategic Regeneration Area (SRA) programme, The South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium (SWWITCH) and Private funding sources. It’s one of a package of projects looking to help Swansea become a leading waterfront city under the direction of the City Centre Strategic Framework- a document that will guide the regeneration of Swansea for the next 15 to 20 years.
What consultation has taken place?
A series of drop-in sessions were held in late May in order to engage with the public and to provide an opportunity for people to comment on the ongoing design work between the River Tawe bridges and Princess Way.
In addition, a formal consultation period was held between 2nd – 20th July 2012. During this period, which was advertised on the Council’s consultation database the plan and scheme description boards were available to view online and a comment form was available for completion.
This consultation is now closed and was a final opportunity for the public to comment on the proposals. The results of this exercise have been considered by the design team when finalising the plans and responses have been provided wherever contact details have been left. All comments will be published on the website in due course.
Can I find out any further information?
Further information can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone on 01792 635705
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