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Pontarddulais bypass plans could be scrapped by Swansea Council

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

By Helen Keates

Cars in Pontarddulais town centre

Cars in Pontarddulais town centre

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PLANS for a southern bypass in Pontarddulais are expected to be scrapped.

Instead, Swansea Council's cabinet will consider changes to the one-way system to make it easier for traders, and a northern access route between the town and the industrial estate in the future.

Many traders in Pontarddulais opposed the proposed bypass, fearing it could cause them to lose passing trade.

They also wanted to see the one-way system abandoned. However, a report said this would be too costly.

June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "It's clear that we need to improve the road system in Pontarddulais for the benefit of residents, local businesses and visitors.

"This is why Hyder held an extensive consultation exercise with local people last summer to look into options for the future.

"The combination of their research and public feedback shows the construction of a new bypass to the south of the town is not wanted by the people of Pontarddulais. We have listened to their views and this is why other options to improve the town's transport network could soon be further explored instead."

Swansea Council appointed Hyder (UK) to look into the town's transport infrastructure and travel patterns.

Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Hyder's study shows making some changes to Pontarddulais town centre's one-way system could improve traffic flow in a way that wouldn't affect traders.

"This option should be further explored along with the possible introduction of a new northern industrial access road."

Swansea cabinet members meet on Thursday to discuss the proposals.

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