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Traffic-easing improvements being completed at busy Gowerton junction

Traffic flow improvements at a busy junction in Gowerton, supported by the Swansea Labour administration, are being completed in a bid to ease congestion.

The Labour-led Swansea Council received nearly £2 million in Welsh Government transport grant funding for 2018/19 and is using part of it (£700k) to improve a series of main junctions across the city.

The latest work includes the replacement of ageing traffic control signals at the junction of Pontycob Road/Brynymor Road in Gowerton.

Two other main junctions in the Gowerton area have already been upgraded – all featuring innovative new technology to better manage traffic flows and help reduce congestion.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “This final phase of work follows similar work we have completed all across the city.

“The lights at this junction are over twenty years old and in need of replacements. The new lights will be more energy efficient and will also feature CCTV which means we can monitor the site from our traffic control room.

“We are already seeing improvements in traffic flows on busy roads where the installation of new traffic control equipment has been completed.”

In recent months, improvements have been completed along Mumbles Road at the junction with Sketty Lane, Brynmill Lane and Swansea University.

Traffic officials in the Council say they have already seen an improvement in traffic travelling west from the city centre towards Mumbles following the upgrade.

Cllr Thomas added: “Reports by our traffic team show there has been a noticeable improvement in traffic flows because of the upgrade.

“The new lights are more efficient and intelligent and this means motorists are moving through the junctions more quickly.

“As with all major improvements on busy and congested roads, there will always be some disruption for motorists while temporary lights are in place – this is a temporary measure and I hope motorists will show some patience while we complete the latest upgrade.”

 

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