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Safety and security improved for Wales Airshow

Increased safety and new security measures are being implemented due to an anticipated record crowd for the Wales Airshow in Swansea on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2.

Red arrows - Airshow

This will mean additional road closures are being introduced for the event.

Oystermouth Road from the junction with West Way through to Mumbles Road at the junction with Sketty Lane will be closed in both directions from approximately 10am until after the final displays around 6pm on both days.

Access will be maintained for Marina residents, while arrangements will be made to allow people to reach Swansea Civic Centre, Swansea University's Singleton Campus and the pre-booked premium car park at the Recreation Ground.

Swansea Council is letting businesses, bus companies, nearby residents and others know about the changes.

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "The airshow weekend is one of the busiest of the year for people heading to Swansea. That's no surprise because it's also the biggest free show in Wales.

"We have no option but to close a section of the road along the foreshore by the main spectator area having been advised by the police and the security services to do so due to the scale of the event.

"We are aware this may cause some inconvenience but public safety has to be our number one priority.

"Last year around 200,000 people enjoyed the event over the two days and we're expecting even more people this year. We need to put in place arrangements to reflect that.

"We'll have park and ride and designated parking for spectators, while other visitors to the city and those living and working here can get around.

"We're asking anyone coming to Swansea to plan their journey and leave a little earlier to make it easier for them.

"These arrangements will help to ensure the spectators are safe at one of Wales's biggest events while keeping the rest of the city moving and open for business. This is vital to ensure the airshow is a great success which benefits the local economy."

A detailed traffic plan with well sign-posted diversions is being put in place to ensure traffic disruption is kept to a practical minimum.

Airshow visitors travelling by car are being encouraged to use the official car parks.

People travelling from outside Swansea for the airshow will be directed to exit the M4 at Junction 42 and to use the park and ride facilities on Fabian Way and Junction 45 for the Landore park and ride. The park and ride routes have been adapted to drop visitors directly at the show.

Non-airshow visitors heading to Gower will be directed to Junction 47 at Penllergaer.

Swansea residents travelling to the airshow by car from the west of Swansea are being encouraged to use the official car park at Ashleigh Road Playing Fields.

Those from the east of Swansea are being urged to use the car parks at the LC, St David's, Paxton Street and the park and ride sites.

Cllr Francis-Davies added: "This year's line-up, which includes the Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhon, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Tigers Parachute Display Team and many other attractions is our best yet. Our advice to people coming to enjoy the spectacular show is to leave plenty of time for their journey and to arrive early.

"Every effort is being made to keep traffic across Swansea moving for those visiting the city centre, Mumbles, and other popular destinations but again we would advise them to plan ahead and allow extra time to complete their journeys."

To keep up with the latest news for the Wales Airshow and to see route and parking maps visit:  www.swansea.gov.uk/airshow and www.walesairshow.co.uk


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