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Mumbles Road lights upgrade essential

Motorists in Swansea are being warned that traffic queues could worsen on key routes unless essential signal upgrades are completed at its busiest junctions.

Mumbles Road Traffic Signals

Swansea Council is part way through a replacement programme of existing traffic control signals along Mumbles Road.  

The upgrade is part of a £1 million investment in the city's traffic light infrastructure and aims to replace obsolete equipment with more modern technology that can deal more efficiently with congestion.

The latest works mean temporary lights are required to control traffic flows while the replacement lights are installed.

This has led to delays for motorists travelling into and out of the city centre, but the council says the short term disruption will benefit everyone in the long term.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "We are obviously aware of motorists' frustrations at being held up in traffic queues recently and we sympathise with them.

"These upgrades would not be taking place unless they were needed. Traffic levels into and out of the city centre are increasing each year and the technology installed at some of the older junctions are not able to cope with the current demand.

"We have been successful in obtaining grant funding from the Welsh Government to replace these ageing signals so we can control heavy flows of traffic more efficiently and hopefully get motorists to where they want to go more quickly.

"Any time a section of traffic lights are taken out of the main network to either be replaced or repaired you are going to suffer from disruption to traffic flows.

"We are doing everything we can to ensure this work is completed on time, as quickly as possible and with as little disruption as possible.

"If motorists can give themselves extra time when making their journey this will help, but I appreciate some have other commitments and can't always start out any earlier than they already do."

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