VIDEO | Drone shows how Swansea's Morfa Distributor Road is being built
Progress on a multi-million pound road investment in Swansea can now be seen from the air thanks to a drone being sent high above the route.
Swansea Council has produced a bird’s-eye view of the newly constructed Morfa Distributor Road which runs along the banks of the River Tawe from New Cut Road to the Liberty Stadium.
The video provides viewers with detailed views of the progress made on the vital new road link and also shows how the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site is also developing.
When completed, the 1.7km road will provide a direct link to a series of development sites along the river bank and also help reduce congestion and pollution problems along Neath Road.
The latest phase was funded by £1.2m from the Welsh Government Transport Grant settlement.
The £4.5m Morfa Distributor Road is expected to be fully open early in 2016 with the latest section will be open in January to provide access to the new housing development – Glan yr Afon.
David Hopkins, Swansea council cabinet member for environment and transportation, said: “The new Morfa Distributor Road is essential to enable future development along the River Tawe corridor.
“Without the access this road provides it would be difficult to attract interest from potential investors.”
The development of the road has also included the creation of a cycle path and funding has also been used to preserve some historic features along the way including an old canal bridge and a lime kiln.
Mr Hopkins added: “The new route travels through a historic and significant location in terms of Swansea’s industrial heritage.
“It has been important that during the construction we do everything we can to restore and preserve many of the features.”
Swansea councillor June Burtonshaw said of the vital new road development: “The distributor road from the Normandy Road roundabout to New Cut Road will improve transport links and address congestion and air quality issues elsewhere.
“The scheme is also essential if the potential of the Tawe Riverside corridor and its riverside setting is going to be realised.”
“The road will provide a vital new link, with benefits to traffic flow, but will also provide access to development sites, open up access to the riverside, provide environmental improvements, and improve pedestrian and cycle links between sites and the adjacent community.
“When completed the scheme is intended to address some of the air quality issues in the Hafod by removing some of the through traffic.”
“The scheme has to be completed in stages because the council does not have funding to put the full scheme in place at the moment.”