Multi-million investment in street lights and traffic controls in Swansea
SWANSEA'S street lights and traffic signals are set to get an upgrade following a multi-million pound investment.
The money has come from the Welsh Government's Wales-wide borrowing initiative for councils, which was announced in February 2012.
Swansea City Council has been approved to borrow more than £10.3 million over a three-year period.
The cabinet has agreed on a plan of how the money will be spent in the area.
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And the council has now set out its plans for using the money to fund a range of improvements in the city, which includes replacing the lights and traffic signals, road resurfacing, upgrading bus stops and developing the city centre cycling network.
Over the next two years the council is planning to use some of the funds to lower energy bills by replacing many of the city's 27,000 street lights with energy saving lamps.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place at Swansea Council, said: "The street lighting scheme should enable the council to provide modern lighting for communities throughout the city.
"Using energy efficient equipment should also give us the opportunity to save around £400,000 in electricity costs at the current prices."
Work first began in 2012 when a number of lighting columns were replaced after existing ones were found to be damaged.
The next phase of the scheme is due to begin today.
This part of the scheme is due to take place at the Sketty Lane junction, which includes Singleton Hospital and the Wales National Pool.
This scheme will see all of the traffic signalling equipment replaced.
Mike Day, Sketty councillor, said: "We welcome any improvements to the street lights and traffic signals on the Sketty Lane junction and particularly at a busy junction by the hospital.
"We look forward to the work being completed speedily so that the residents can benefit from the improvements."
Other schemes, including resurfacing work along some roads and pavements in the city, have been identified as part of the Council's current long-term highway asset management programme.
Ms Burtonshaw said: "Our long- term highway asset management programme sets out our priorities for highway maintenance.
"We will be using some of the funding to address these priorities and further improve roads in the city."
As part of the Welsh Government's borrowing initiative, £172 million in capital funding has been made available for council's across Wales to invest in local highway improvements.