More work's taking place on massive transformation project
More major changes to Swansea's City Centre start today as work on a 135 million pound transformation project continues.
Contractors are set to start work on the whole of the project’s northern site, next to the Tesco Marina store.
It means that from today the footbridge over Oystermouth Road will be closed ahead of its removal.
There will also be a reduction in the size of the temporary St Mary’s car park near St David’s car park.
The Council are offering cut-price parking for the St David’s multi-storey from today and a discounted Park and Ride service after 09.30am.
The changes allow construction work to start on the new broad Golden Swan bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
There's lots more information on the Swansea Council web pages and Twitter feed.
City centre drivers: Parts of Park St & Union St will be temporarily closed to you from today. Development works will be underway. All Park St parking will be accessible throughout - via Portland St. All business open as usual. https://t.co/hZl2v7esWO @SwanseaBID @SwanseaBizClub pic.twitter.com/7kXfYdRzSw— Swansea Council (@SwanseaCouncil) January 6, 2020
Pedestrians, Cyclists: The Oystermouth Rd footbridge closes today to allow us to build the £135m arena complex. Please use the nearby lights-operated road crossings. https://t.co/TH6tdkRt7w pic.twitter.com/VilyHugpyn— Swansea Council (@SwanseaCouncil) January 6, 2020
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/