Living fence work to make Fabian Way, Swansea, green and safe
THE approach to Swansea city centre is getting a little greener — and hopefully a little safer.
Work is well under way on a new Fabian Way barrier designed to stop people crossing the busy road.
The new wire fence — which has plants growing over it to help screen it — will stretch for around 220 yards along the central reservation from near the Cape Horner pub to the crossing point over to the SA1 development, close to the bottom of Port Tennant Road.
A Swansea Council spokesman said the green barrier would encourage people to use the pedestrian crossings and traffic lights rather than risking crossing through the lanes of vehicles.
He said: "The installation of the safety barrier on Fabian Way is on schedule.
"Posts have been installed and work is now ongoing to put the safety barrier, which includes hedging, in place.
"Some guard rails will also be installed before the project is complete. We expect the work to be finished in the next 10 days.
"The safety barrier will 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 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."
He added: "Work is being carried out in the evenings to minimise inconvenience for motorists."
In the past four years two pedestrians have died crossing the stretch of Fabian Way which is now having the new fencing installed.
Fourteen-year-old Jodanna Warburton, from 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.
Funding for the barrier project has come from the Welsh Government's Road Safety Grant.