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Latest technology installed at busy traffic lights in Swansea

A number of key junctions in a Swansea community are being upgraded to improve traffic flows.

gowerton junction

The traffic controlled junctions, all in Gowerton, are being replaced with more modern traffic signals which feature wireless technology and can be monitored from Swansea Council's main traffic communication room.

The improvements aim to shorten journey times for motorists as well as for public transport services using key routes across the city.

While the works are being completed, temporary traffic controls are in place and delays for motorists are likely.

Buses with WiFi can also link up with the new signals so they can move through the junctions more efficiently.

The work is being funded from the Welsh Government's Local Transport Network Fund programme after Swansea bid for £700,000 for 2018/19.

Previous improvements have already been completed on main junctions closer to the city centre and the focus of the latest work is to increase the roll-out of the new technology to routes further afield.

Along with the improvements in Gowerton, similar work has been completed at other route intersections including, Morriston Cross, Carmarthen Road, Brynhyfryd Square and Caersalem Cross (Mynydd Garnlwyd Road/Llangyfelach Road).

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "Keeping traffic moving along well used, busy routes across Swansea, is always a challenge because of the volume of traffic - especially at peak times.

"The work we are currently doing in Gowerton is the continuation of improvements already completed at other busy junctions where we are making the most of new technology.

"These improvements give our traffic management team the ability to better manage junctions outside of the city centre and ensure they are operating efficiently throughout the day.

"These routes are also the main routes for public transport and it's important that we do what we can to make sure public transport services can operate efficiently and give customers confidence their bus service is on time.

"Where the latest works are being undertaken, we are obviously aware of congestion and delays for motorists. We are trying to keep these delays to a minimum and are completing the work as quickly as possible."

Once completed, the teams will move on to Sketty Lane to continue the installation of the new technology to the traffic controls at the junction with Mumbles Road.

The latest work also follows on from the installation of 12 digital timetable displays at bus hubs around the city, including at local colleges and hospitals.

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