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Faster journey times set for main Swansea city centre route

Major improvements are happening at key junctions along a main route into Swansea city centre.

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The traffic controlled junctions at Mumbles Road (university entrance) and Sketty Lane are being upgraded so they can operate more efficiently and speed up journey times for motorists.

The improvements include the introduction of wireless technology which provides Swansea Council traffic officers with more options to coordinate traffic congestion throughout the city.

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

Faster journey times for public transport are also expected with buses that feature WiFi and can also link up with the new signals so they can move through the junctions more efficiently.

The work is being funded as part of a £1million investment from the Welsh Government's Local Transport Network Fund programme.

Previous improvements have already been completed at Gowerton.

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.

"It's vital we do all we can to make sure our traffic controls do not become obsolete by replacing them with more modern technology. This gives our traffic management team the best chance to control heavy flows of traffic and keep motorists on the move.

"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."

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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