Pupils in Clydach will be able to walk to school more easily thanks to a new road safety scheme completed in time for the new term.
The Labour-led Swansea Council completed the first phase of a ‘Safe Routes in Communities’ scheme in Clydach ahead of the start of the new school term.
It means children attending local schools in the community can walk and cycle to school more safely following the introduction of a wide range of road safety measures.
A new 20mph zone has been created, lowering the previous 30mph speed limit along St John’s Road, Down Street, Heol Y Nant, Sybil Street and Pen y Wern Road.
Improved crossing facilities outside Clydach Primary School, along with a new mini bus drop off point have also been introduced.
The £661,000 scheme has been funded from the Welsh Government ‘Safer Routes in Communities’ programme (£331k), along with match funding from Swansea Council and the local community council.
The second phase of the scheme will commence later this year and include new pedestrian crossing facilities at a number of locations – Pontardawe Road, Vardre Road and High Street.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “These road safety improvements are vital to ensure children can walk to and from school safely. The measures we are implementing also benefit others in the community and encourage motorists to drive in a safe and responsible manner.”
The latest scheme also follows on from a newly opened section of cycle network in Ynystawe which provides a vital link between the school and neighbouring communities.
The mile-long walking and cycle link which travels between Ynystawe and Clydach helps to expand the cycle network in Swansea and provides children and adults with a safe off-road cycle path.
The new path was funded through the Welsh Government Active Travel programme.
Cllr Thomas added: “We have achieved a lot in recent years using Welsh Government transport grant funding.
“A number of new cycle and walking routes have been developed, expanding our existing cycle network, ensuring cycling can increase as a healthy activity and also as an alternative mode of transport.”
Clydach Labour Cllr Paulette Smith said: “We have been campaigning for this for many years – my husband Roger before me. It is a great relief we won the bid from the Welsh Government so that all the schools in Clydach will be covered.
“Traffic and speed have greatly increased over the years and this has been very concerning to parents and teaching staff.
“Children’s safety should be a priority for everyone. It does not help is those parents who park on the zig zags and as close as they can possibly get to the school gates disregarding the danger to the children, and also the total lack of policing.”