Council give heads up on work to improve walking and cycling connections
Work is starting in the city centre to improve walking and cycling connections from Monday (January 6th)
The Council says it means the western end of Park Street and upper section of Union Street will be temporarily closed to vehicles from January 6 for a number of weeks.
The improvements include pedestrianising the upper section of Union Street and an adjoining part of Park Street.
Throughout the work, motoring access to the car parks in Park Street - including all the accessible parking bays - will be maintained at all times via Portland Street. Pedestrian access will remain at all times and business are being kept informed.
Mark Thomas, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said:
"We're creating a city centre that will become increasingly attractive as a place to be - a location where people want to live, work, shop and spend quality free time.
"That's already in evidence on The Kingsway; now we're working on extending the city centre's main pedestrianised area by improving a short section of Park Street and the upper section of Union Street, from Park Street to The Kingsway.
"This plan was seen on plans at public consultation events for the Kingsway Infrastructure Project.
"It will improve connections to and from The Kingsway and the elements now being improved will operate as a pedestrianised area during the same hours as the neighbouring pedestrianised streets."
Access to the existing pedestrianised area is controlled by automatic bollards at Whitewalls and Nelson Street.
To maintain security of the main pedestrianised area, the council plans to install new fixed bollards to prevent this section of street being used a through road for vehicles.
After work to pedestrianise the upper section of Union Street is complete, business service access will be permitted from 4pm to 10.30am.
New loading bays will be provided at the eastern end of Park Street.
To allow the improvement works to take place, the western end of Park Street and upper section of Union Street will be temporarily closed to vehicles from January 6 for a number of weeks.
What’s happening on site in the next few months?
The project’s principal contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting, is undertaking important work on both north and south sides of the Swansea Central Phase One scheme, either side of Oystermouth Road. This will include early construction work on the site of the St Mary’s car park and the removal of the Oystermouth Road footbridge. In due course, the car park site will provide hundreds of new parking spaces along with residential and commercial units. The replacement bridge will be much wider, much more attractive and will provide some shelter from bad weather.
How will you make it easy to visit city centre shops, services and attractions such as the LC, National Waterfront Museum and other locations during the 18 month-construction?
Working with partners, we’re putting up directional signage on the north side’s hoardings. These will guide you to key locations. As part of the plans, we’re working closely with disability groups to address their needs. From January 6 two new parking deals will run. A cut-price offer for the St David’s multi-storey will see parking at just £1 for the first three hours – a cut from £3. The offer applies Monday-Saturday. Sundays remain free. Additionally, Swansea’s Park and Ride service will have a cash-only offer of £1 per car Monday–Friday after 09.30am, a cut from £2.50. The deals have been assisted by Swansea BID and will be reviewed regularly to ensure support for businesses and shoppers during the construction process.
How will those who use the existing footbridge be able to cross Oystermouth Road during the construction project?
Pedestrians and cyclists who currently use the bridge will be able to cross Oystermouth Road at two nearby lights-controlled road crossings, at the foot of Albert Row and Princess Way. Thousands of people, including families with young children, have used the crossings safely in recent weeks to visit Waterfront Winterland.
Are there enough car parking spaces to cope with all this change?
Yes! Including St David’s - and without the Oystermouth Road and St Mary’s car parks - there are more than 2,000 car park spaces within 10 minutes walk of the LC and the National Waterfront Museum. Although 270 spaces were lost in Oystermouth Road, there will – in due course - be a similar number of spaces returned there on two stories right next to the arena. There will be more still on the northern side of Swansea Central Phase One. In the interim, it will still be easy to visit shops, businesses, the LC, the museum and other attractions because there’s parking space at the St David’s multi-storey (460 spaces) and in the Quadrant multi-storey (517 spaces). Paxton Street car park (331 spaces) is very close by as are East Burrows car park (230 spaces), by the sail bridge, and Pockets Wharf (53 spaces). Park and Ride continues to operate in Fabian Way and Landore. In the first few weeks of this work, people can still park at the LC - and all disability spaces remain. As part of the plans, we’re working closely with disability groups to address their needs. In total, Swansea Central Phase One will deliver more than 900 car parking spaces. For full details on council-managed city centre parking please see our web page - www.swansea.gov.uk/