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Digital arena takes another step forward as road surface is laid

Early construction work towards Swansea's £120m digital arena complex will take a new step forward next week.

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Road workers will start reconstructing the road on Wellington Street which runs between Tesco Marina and the Quadrant multi-story car park.

To accommodate the 3,500-capacity arena on the LC car park - and associated works such as shops, homes and a multi-storey car park on the site of the existing St Mary's temporary car park - Wellington Street is to being improved, and two-way traffic flow introduced.

It will be closed temporarily to all traffic over part of its length from October 22 to allow its new surface to be laid. It will reopen on November 7.

Work in the Wellington Street area, which began in August and is due to end in mid-April, will stop for the city centre's busy Christmas shopping from November 16 to January 10.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "I thank motorists, shoppers and traders for their understanding that these essential roadworks need to be carried out.

"Our contractors are working hard to keep access to important locations as straightforward as possible and to keep any disruption to a minimum.

"This is another sign that the city's regeneration is progressing. The digital arena and the wider Swansea Central Phase One project has planning permission, and our work in Wellington Street will help as main contractors move onto the arena site early next year.

"During these exciting changes we are working with business to ensure Swansea remains open and remains a great place to visit."

The radical transformation, being driven by Swansea Council, will forever strengthen the links between city centre and waterfront.

The indoor arena, digital square and digital village are due to be part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal, a £1.3bn investment in 11 projects across South West Wales being funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector.

During Wellington Street's temporary closure from next week there will be no change to access to and from the Quadrant bus station taxi rank, the Tesco car park and the Quadrant multi-story car park.

The St Marys ground level car park remains open, with access from Albert Row and Rutland Place. The Mobility Hire Centre, accessed via Garden Street, remains open.

The Quadrant and Tesco delivery bays remain open, with access from Albert Row.

Diversion signs will be in place.

If you have any questions/queries please phone Adrian Denning, the council's principal regeneration manager - 07980 938904.

Photo: Wellington Street: GoogleMaps

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