I’m with the residents of Pontarddulais and Grovesend who’ve been excluded from plans by Swansea Council to make Pentre Bridge single file.
The council has been successful in its negotiations with Network Rail to install a long-called for pavement/cycleway on the bridge. However, a condition of that installation is the imposition of traffic lights – the argument being that a pavement will restrict the width of the road to such a degree as to make it a single lane carriageway.
I have long campaigned for better access for both pedestrians and cyclists between the Bont and Gorseinon. Residents called for it as a useful “missing link” in plans for a safe walking/cycling route between the two communities and I was pleased to get the Deputy Minister’s support to move this along. However, the solution offered, residents say, would slow down traffic on this key route.
So, how has Swansea Council gone about resolving this dilemma? Well, it hasn’t done anything. The traffic lights proposal hasn’t come up at any meeting where councillors could be informed of what was happening or ask any questions. There has been no liaison with independent councillor Kevin Griffiths or with Pontarddulais Town Council.
Yet local Labour members seem to know all about it and they’ve taken the photo to prove it. This isn’t the first time that some elected representatives for the Bont are the last to know about decisions affecting their patch.
Conservative Myles Langstone, a Swansea councillor himself, is calling for the council to look again at the possibility of installing a separate cycle/footbridge running alongside the road bridge. This would mean that traffic and pedestrians were totally segregated. It was originally ruled out on cost grounds – but the Bont continues to lose out on money from Welsh Government’s Active Travel Funding by Swansea Council’s decisions on its distribution. It’s a shame they couldn’t have used the money to resolve the Bont dilemma instead of imposing an unpopular cycle path on Mayals.