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New Morfa road wins national environmental award

Swansea's newest section of road has scooped up a national award for its environmental benefits.

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The new Morfa Distributor Road recently picked up the Environmental Sustainability Award at the CIT Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIT) Wales awards.

Swansea Council formally opened the 1.7km road in August this year after investing more than £5m to create the new route. The costs also included contributions from developers who have secured development sites along the route.

Stretching between the Liberty Stadium and the city centre, the road is helping to provide an alternative route for motorists who normally travel along Neath Road in the Hafod.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "The new road is an important element of our highway infrastructure and has led to a number of benefits for locals.

"Neath Road in Hafod is a heavily used and congested route which suffers from high levels of air pollution. One of the main benefits is that we are now seeing motorists use the Morfa Distributor Road as an alternative route into the city centre."

The creation of the road has also led to key sites along the Tawe corridor becoming more attractive as development sites and has prompted over £50m of investment along its length.

Other benefits have included restoration work to elements of the Hafod Copper works site including restoring a lime kiln near the site.

During the works a stone and brick arch bridge linked to the old canal was also unearthed and has been restored.

New shared cycle and walking routes have also been created adding to the city's extensive cycle network.

Cllr Thomas added: "This development is unique in that it hasn't been about just creating a new road - we have made sure important historic elements along the route have been preserved and restored for everyone's enjoyment.

"The opening up of the development sites has also been a vital part of this scheme and we have been successful in attracting developers to site their businesses there as well as the creation of new residential properties.

"This award is well deserved in terms of the overall benefits to Swansea."

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