COMPLETION of a new traffic junction at a key location in Swansea has led to an instant improvement in traffic flows.
Swansea Council has switched on a new set of traffic lights at the Broadway junction, near Sketty, following a £1.1million Welsh Government transport grant investment to improve the site.
The switch from two mini-roundabouts to light controls at the junction of Townhill Road/Cockett Road/Broadway and also at the junction of Tycoch Road/Glanmor Road have led to an immediate improvement for motorists travelling through the busy junction
At present, more than 20,000 cars use the route on a daily basis and projected increases in cars had prompted the Council to look at making major changes to help prevent long queues in future years.
Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement & Infrastructure Management, said:
“Our traffic engineers have reported an almost instant improvement in the movement of traffic through this junction from the moment we switched on the new traffic controls.
“It’s a busy junction and one we identified as needing major improvements to cope with future traffic growth.
“I’m pleased that this has now been completed. As with all new junctions, there will be a need to fine-tune things to ensure timings reflect traffic flows throughout the day, particularly during rush hour.
“Motorists should also pay attention to the new layout also and drive with care while they get used to the changes.
“I also want to thank motorists and residents nearby for their patience during the construction. We’ve done everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and also completed the scheme during a difficult period in terms of the coronavirus outbreak.”
The junction improvement also includes the installation of pedestrian crossing facilities to improve walking routes for the many students and schoolchildren walking to and from nearby schools and colleges nearby.
Cllr Thomas added:
“We always look at ways of making walking routes to and from schools safer to make walking or cycling an option for students. The new pedestrian equipment will help ensure pupils safety when they are travelling to school.”