A DARK and dingy Swansea city centre tunnel that links New Cut Road with the top end of High Street will soon be vastly improved.
New lighting, surfacing and CCTV is being installed at the Jockey Street tunnel under the city’s main railway line thanks to a £40,000 investment from the Watkin Jones Group.
The tunnel is a key link between the University of Wales Trinity St David Swansea’s (UWTSD) Business School and the new St David’s student accommodation being built just off New Cut Road.
New barriers, fences and gates are also being put in place as part of the project being carried out by Swansea Council.
Councillor June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council cabinet member for place, said: “The Jockey Street tunnel has been in a poorly-lit condition for a number of years but it will soon become a far more used route between the new student accommodation off New Cut Road
and the Business School behind the L and Registry office on High Street that’s run by the University of Wales Trinity St David.
“Ahead of the completion of the new student accommodation and the start of the next academic year in September, it is important we improve the lighting and surfacing of the tunnel to benefit the students and other pedestrians who will be using the route.”
She added: “During what continue to be tough financial times for local authorities across the UK, it’s especially pleasing that we’re able to work in close partnership with organisations like Watkin Jones and the University of Wales Trinity St David on a much-needed improvement scheme that will benefit hundreds of people every week.”
Ray Selby, UWTSD director of estates, said: “The welcome improvement of the Jockey Street tunnel by Watkin Jones and Swansea Council will create a safe and pleasant route for students between the Swansea Business School and the new St David’s student accommodation.”
Gillian Roberts, who works on High Street, welcomed the move saying: “It was quite scary walking through the arches and I wouldn’t walk there on my own.
“It a lot better now with the lights.”