Motorists warned of diversions through city centre
Part of Oystermouth Road will be closed to traffic on February 1 so that work can start to remove the bridge linking the city centre with the LC.
The overnight work will see the road closed between Princess Way and West Way from 10pm on the Saturday to around 10am on the Sunday.
25 construction professionals - including 6 demolition experts - will remove the footbridge using two 25m-tall cranes.
The bridge will make way – in due course - for a broader, partially covered bridge.
Swansea Central Phase One will see the 3,500-capacity Digital Arena, parkland and parking created on the site of the former Oystermouth Road car park next to the LC; the new Golden Swan bridge will link all these to the scheme’s new multi-storey car park, commercial units and homes on the site of the St Mary’s temporary ground level car park, close to Tesco Marina.
The main concrete span of the existing footbridge weighs around 150 tonnes. This span will be broken down on the construction site next to the LC.
Detailed preparation work for moving it has been taking place for several weeks. The aim is to begin work on the new structure straight away. Swansea Central Phase One, including the arena, is due to be complete in the second half of next year.
Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This will be the latest significant moment for a project that will stimulate the success of our city centre for generations to come.
"The momentum is building as we deliver a transformational project for Swansea. Thousands of local residents and visitors share our excitement at the job opportunities and other benefits it will bring.
“The bridge’s removal is essential at this time to ensure that work can continue on Swansea Central Phase One; it has already picked up pace since Christmas and we're right on schedule.”
Diversions will be signposted. They will take motorists through the city centre, a diversion of one to 1.5 miles. Access for emergency vehicles, pedestrians and residents will be maintained at all times.
Those who wish to see the lift take place are encouraged to look on from a distance; Buckingham personnel will be on hand to guide them. The lift site will be protected by safety fencing and marshals.
Council cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management Mark Thomas said: “We thank the public for their understanding and patience at this time as we undertake the complex operation to remove the bridge for the area’s transformation.
“This work – taking place overnight to minimise disruption to residents and business - will help in the regeneration of Swansea city centre. Hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested here by the private and public sectors; this will be a powerful catalyst to boost the future prospects of the whole community.
"The arena will be top class, as will the other components of Swansea Central Phase One. This new district will link the city centre with our world-class coast in a way that will really make people sit up and take note.”
With the temporary absence of a bridge, people are asked to use nearby pedestrian crossings.
Throughout the construction work over the next 18 months access to city centre businesses, car parks and attractions will be maintained for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.