Barrier hopes to end Fabian Way deaths
A BARRIER is going up along part of Fabian Way to make sure pedestrians cross safely following a number of deaths and collisions on the road.
The new barrier will stretch for about 200m (219 yards) along the central reservation from near the Cape Horner pub to the crossing point over to SA1, close to the bottom of Port Tennant Road.
Swansea Council is behind the scheme with funding from the Welsh Government's Road Safety Grant.
In the past four years two pedestrians have died crossing that stretch of Fabian Way.
Fourteen-year-old Jodanna Warburton, of Morriston, was killed in a collision near the Cape Horner pub in 2009.
Her death prompted calls for safety measures to be introduced.
And in 2011 Richard Taylor, aged 26, from Sketty, died after becoming trapped under a bus. At an inquest into his death, Swansea coroner Philip Rogers said he would be writing to different authorities to highlight the incident.
June Burtonshaw, Swansea Council's cabinet member for place, said: "A lot of pedestrians tend to ignore the designated crossing point from St Thomas and Port Tennant over Fabian Way to the SA1 area by choosing to cross the road closer to the river bridges. This is extremely dangerous because traffic there is travelling along several lanes, making it very difficult for pedestrians to judge if it is safe to cross.
"What the new barrier system will do is encourage pedestrians to cross at safe locations that are controlled by traffic lights. This way they can be certain to have priority over the traffic without the need to risk their own safety."
The barrier, made up of wire fencing, will also include hedging to improve its appearance. The hedging will eventually help block the wire fencing from sight.
Installation work, expected to last about a fortnight, has already started. All works will be carried out during off-peak hours.
Mrs Burtonshaw added: "The inclusion of hedging in the safety barrier will have two advantages: not only will it help screen out the wire fencing from view, but it will also help absorb emissions from the thousands of vehicles travelling along the road every day.
"But we also recognise that Fabian Way is one of the busiest roads of its kind in Wales. This is why we'll be undertaking these works during off-peak hours to minimise disruption for motorists."