- provide more straightforward and legible pedestrian crossings on Westway, making is easier for pedestrians to cross between the Sandfields area and the City Centre;
- introduce additional soft/green landscaping of the Westway corridor contributing to delivery of a green artery along key City highway routes aspired to by the City Centre Strategic Review;
- offer reduced traffic signal phasing to improve traffic flows at the junction of Westway and Wellington Street whilst creating greater network resilience, and takes account of any future redevelopment of St. David’s;
- introduce a new bus only gyratory (elongated roundabout) to enable better access to and from the bus station for buses;
- enable removal of the northbound bus lane north and south of the bus station;
NIGHT-TIME road closures will soon be in place on West Way in Swansea city centre. The closures – which are planned for Sunday March 26, Monday March 27 and Tuesday March 28 – will enable surfacing work as part of an on-going project to introduce a wide, tree-lined footway between Clarence Terrace and Oystermouth Road. Lasting from 6.30pm to the late evening, the closures will mean southbound traffic being diverted along Wellington Street and back to Oystermouth Road. Access to Clarence Terrace will be unaffected. Swansea Council is behind the work, which is being funded by a £250,000 Welsh Government grant. Trees and shrub beds are being put in place along the new footway. A Swansea Council spokesperson said: “This project builds on many other improvements that have been introduced on West Way over the last year or so, including more greenery, better traffic light phasing and better links for pedestrians crossing between Sandfields and the city centre. “Funded by the Welsh Government, the completed works will combine with the new footway to vastly improve the appearance of a key gateway in and out of the city centre. “These works are also important to complement our plans to boost nearby Kingsway’s look and feel in future as part of its transformation into an employment district. “We’ll continue to do all we can to minimise disruption while this latest phase of West Way improvements are on-going.” The new footway under construction on West Way will replace the northbound bus lane, which is no longer in use.
PROJECT UPDATE: 23/01/17 Thousands of pedestrians every month will soon benefit from a wide, tree-lined footway being introduced on West Way in Swansea city centre. Stretching between West Way’s junctions with Clarence Terrace and Oystermouth Road, the new footway will replace the northbound bus lane which is no longer in use. Swansea Council is behind the work, which is being funded with a £250,000 grant from the Welsh Government. The work, starting on Wednesday January 25 and due for completion by the end of March this year, will require a temporary southbound lane closure to enable the removal of the existing central reserve, when needed. Trees and shrub beds will be put in place along the new footway. Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: “Funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Swansea city centre regeneration programme has already seen many improvements being introduced on West Way over the last year, including more greenery and better links for pedestrians between Sandfields and the city centre. “But when we first consulted on the project 12 months ago, residents also asked for a widened footway between Clarence Terrace and Oystermouth Road to better connect the link between the area and the seafront for pedestrians. The approval of this additional grant funding from the Welsh Government means we’re now able to meet this request by the end of March this year, helping further improve the look of a key gateway in and out of the city centre. “The very nature of these works means there will be an element of disruption, but we’ll do all we can to minimise it because we’re conscious of the volume of traffic that uses West Way every day. This is why, wherever possible, all works that require a lane closure will be carried out during off-peak hours.” Other works to have been completed on West Way over the last year include a new road layout close to the City Bus Station to help bus movements. Improved traffic light phasing has also been introduced to help with traffic flows. Awarded in June 2014, the Welsh Government’s three-year Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme (2014-2017) has awarded Swansea Council more than £9 million to target key regeneration projects in the city centre. Dillwyn Street and West Way Plan Lower West Way Plan
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