Drivers urged to be aware of weekend diversions in city centre
Drivers are being urged to expect delays in Swansea city centre from midday today and over the weekend as road closures are introduced for the weekend’s Wales Airshow.
Motorists are being warned to plan ahead as road closures are being introduced from noon on Friday on Oystermouth Road for westbound traffic in preparation for the big event.
It means that from midday on Friday Oystermouth Road will be closed westbound between West Way and Brynmill Lane. Diversions will be in place via Carmarthen Road.
The city centre will be open for business on Friday and throughout the weekend but traffic delays are inevitable and motorists are being urged to plan their journeys on Friday’s working day as well as at the weekend.
Motorists will still be able to travel eastbound into the city centre on Oystermouth Road on Friday although it will close to traffic for the weekend from Saturday morning.
Over the weekend, Oystermouth Road closed in both directions - between the West Way and Sketty Lane junctions - from Saturday 10am to Monday 5am.
Access to the Marina, Singleton Park Boating Lake and Swansea University will be maintained throughout.as upwards of 250,000 people are expected on the promenade and waterfront for this weekend’s (note: July 6-7) action-packed show.
The road closures, diversions and traffic management changes are being introduced for the safety and security of visitors and warm sunny weather is predicted so sun protection and drinking water are a must for anyone attending.
Highlights include an array of air displays, including the world-famous RAF Red Arrows, scores of exhibitors and stalls and a first after-dark show on Saturday.
Full details, with road maps, can be found on the Wales Airshow website http://walesairshow.co.uk
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “I hope people have a wonderful time at this tremendous show for all the family.
“It’s a huge event and, with that, comes the need for all of us to plan ahead. The council has put in place road closure and parking arrangements and has publicised them for the past five weeks.
“A major event of this size is inevitably going to cause some disruption but our aim is to minimise this as much as possible.
“I urge motorists to consider the weekend’s travel arrangements and ask spectators to prepare in advance for the predicted good weather.
“The Airshow is the biggest event in our annual events calendar and we want to make sure that everyone who attends has a great experience - the spectators, exhibitors, traders and pilots.”
Mark Thomas, the council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: “Oystermouth Road is one of our busiest routes so the decision to close it for the Airshow last year wasn’t taken lightly. It is really the only safe option for the many thousands of visitors.
“We closed the road in both directions last year on the Friday. We’ve listened to public feedback so this year we’ll reduce the closure to improve Friday’s traffic flow.
“Our highways team have put in place a series of diversions to keep the traffic moving during the weekend.
“We’re promoting the closure and diversions as widely as possible to enable motorists to plan their journeys in advance. This will hopefully help to reduce disruption for those not attending the event and to improve the experience for those that are.”
There’s plenty of parking to choose from, starting from £10 a day for car and passengers at two park and ride sites – Bay Studios and Landore which will drop you and the family at the Civic Centre.
For more information about car parking, road diversions or anything Airshow related, visit http://www.enjoyswanseabay.com