Details for travel plans over the July 6 & 7 weekend
Motorists are being urged to organise alternative travel plans for this year's Wales Air Show weekend in Swansea.
Once again, Oystermouth Road will be closed off to traffic on July 6 and 7 with diversions in place.
Swansea Council says it's to ensure a safe event environment for the growth in the number of visitors.
The road closure creates room for a large number of number ground displays and creates a visitor area where people can move safely without the risk of traffic.
Following discussions with South Wales Police, diversions and parking facilities have been arranged - and park and ride improved - to ensure visitors can reach the event whilst keeping traffic moving around the city.
Cllr Francis-Davies said: “The Airshow is so popular that it has long out-grown the space available on the promenade.
“For a number of reasons, we need large amounts of space for visitors to safely enjoy the event and, as with last year, parts of Oystermouth Road will be part of the event footprint. This can only be done safely by closing it to traffic along a short section.
“This also means that we can use the space for stands and exhibitions that have been an important part of the Airshow’s growth.
“We want to get the message out now – a number of weeks ahead of the event - so people can take the temporary closures into account and plan appropriately.
“We know motorists will be disrupted but we’ve listened to feedback from last year and as a result, westbound traffic will be open until noon on the Friday and eastbound traffic will be open until 10am on the Saturday.
“This is an important change from last year; it will help keep traffic flowing on a busy Friday. I encourage motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.”
DCI Gareth Morgan, of South Wales Police, said: “We are experienced at policing major events and the number one priority for us and our partner agencies is to deliver a safe, secure and memorable weekend.”
Russell Greenslade, chief executive of Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) said: “The Airshow is a jewel of an event for Swansea Bay. We are pleased to see it return with reduced road closures on the Friday into the city centre, to support local businesses, following feedback from them.
"It is important to stress that, although necessary temporary road closures will be in place, Swansea city centre will be very much open for business.
“Local residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the great restaurants, cafes and retail on offer just a stone’s throw away from the Airshow activity and we encourage people to support the city centre businesses.”
- Friday, July 5, Oystermouth Road will be closed westbound – towards Mumbles - from noon between the West Way and Brynmill Lane junctions. Diversions will be in place via Carmarthen Road. This will allow exhibitors and traders to set up on the westbound carriageway. Oystermouth Road traffic will be able to travel eastbound until Saturday morning.
- Over the weekend, Oystermouth Road closed in both directions - between the West Way and Sketty Lane junctions - from Saturday 10am to Monday 5am.
- Access to the Marina, Singleton Park Boating Lake and Swansea University will be maintained throughout.
Mark Thomas, the council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: “Oystermouth Road is one of our busiest routes so the decision to close it for the Airshow last year wasn’t taken lightly. It is really the only safe option for the many thousands of visitors.
“We closed the road in both directions last year on the Friday. We’ve listened to public feedback so this year we’ll reduce the closure to improve Friday’s traffic flow.
“Our highways team have put in place a series of diversions to keep the traffic moving during the weekend.
“We’re promoting the closure and diversions as widely as possible to enable motorists to plan their journeys in advance. This will hopefully help to reduce disruption for those not attending the event and to improve the experience for those that are.”