Full Steam Ahead for Swansea High Street
Over £1.5million of Objective One funding has been allocated for the enhancement of a project that will create a new transport interchange at Swansea’s High Street Station. Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Development, Councillor Byron Owen said 'In total, this project will cost £4.77m and all the funding is in place for the scheme to proceed. This is a much needed boost for the High Street area of the city and will improve both the environment and circulation arrangements. I am sure businesses will be pleased to hear of this major investment.'
The Objective One funding will augment a grant from the Welsh Assembly Government for the improvement of transport facilities. The scheme will create facilities for interchange between various modes of transport including rail, bus, taxi, private vehicle, cycling and pedestrians. There will also be an express bus route linking to the Council’s park and ride site at Landore and infrastructure improvements at the northern approach to the city centre.
The Assembly’s Economic Development Minister, Andrew Davies said he was delighted the project had been successful in securing Objective One funding since it would greatly improve the infrastructure of Swansea’s city centre. He added
'It is good to see the Welsh Assembly Government supporting Swansea in its endeavour to attract new business and develop its status as the regional centre for south-west Wales, and as one of the city’s Assembly Members I am personally delighted that the High Street Station gateway to the city will be enhanced as a result of this project.'
'This project is a good example of the way Objective One funds can be used to transform the infrastructure of Wales. It is encouraging to see more and more quality projects coming on stream with over £320 million already committed to over 530 projects in West Wales and the Valleys .'
Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Technical Services, Councillor Mike Hedges added 'We are pleased that all the funding is now in place for the project to go ahead. This development has major significance both for the High Street area, in that it will be enhanced and improved, and the fact that for the first time, both strands of public transport provision - buses and trains - will be linked to ensure improved service for members of the public.'
The Swansea Transport Modal Interchange project includes:
the construction of an express bus route between Landore Park and Ride and the city centre
- a new transport interchange area at the railway station together with new bus lay-bys and bus lanes on the High Street
- environmental enhancement of areas around the railway station - including new paving, street furniture, tree planting and sun canopies
- the realignment of the High Street into Alexandra Road to reduce traffic pressure within the retailing area
- dedicated station car parking facilities, including provision for people with disabilities
The project will be phased over four years with completion in Summer 2004.
For further information contact Helen Keatley in Swansea Council’s Development Department on 01792 636850 or Lorna Williams at the Welsh Assembly Government Press Office on 029 20 898420