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Sketty Lane traffic lights upgrade to start

An unavoidable upgrade of ageing traffic lights at a main junction in Swansea is taking place in a bid to keep traffic moving in the future.

Sketty Lane Lights

Swansea Council is replacing the existing lights at the Mumbles Road/Sketty Lane junction, introducing more modern technology including cctv and Wi-Fi.

The Council will be starting the work on May 28 and aims to complete the work within a week. Sketty Lane car park will also be closed during the duration of the upgrade. 

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "The traffic lights at this junction are ageing and need to be replaced, we have no choice.

"If we don't complete this upgrade now, the existing lights will fail more often, causing congestion for thousands of motorists who use this route regularly.

"We know motorists do not enjoy being stuck in queuing traffic and we are pulling out the stops to get this important upgrade completed as quickly as possible.

"We have doubled the number of hours the contractors will be working during each day so we can get the job done in half the time we had originally planned.

"And we're carrying it out during half-term when there'll be less traffic on the road because there's no school-run and fewer people are in work."

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 along Mumbles Road at the university entrance.

Other similar upgrades have also been completed at 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."

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