Swansea Council's apology for Fabian Way traffic chaos after drivers face misery
SWANSEA Council has apologised to motorists caught up in traffic chaos on one of the main routes into the city.
Drivers have reported queues as far as the eye could see after entering Fabian Way close to the distribution centre run by internet retail giant Amazon.
The local authority issued a statement earlier this month confirming it is starting a clean-up operation on the road which connects Swansea to the M4 motorway.
Roger Mulcahy of the council's Streetscene team said the work would be carried out before the school holidays and only in off-peak daytime hours in a bid to minimise disruption.
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But, a 50-year-old motorist who used Fabian Way yesterday complained about the volume of traffic due to the roadworks, and said: "Travelling from Neath Port Talbot there was no problem, but I got to Amazon and I thought there had been an accident as all you could see was queues stretching as far as the eye could see. It was barely moving.
"This was about 1.45pm, it wasn't rush hour.
"It is still summer, the weather is bad, the kids don't break up yet but there are families on holidays.
"People come shopping into Swansea.
"Of all the times they have got to do this work, why do they do it at the start of the big tourist season?"
A 26-year-old motorist who was travelling from Margam to Swansea at around 1pm yesterday afternoon said the knock-on effect of the roadworks effectively doubled her journey time.
She said: "I was in second gear most of the way through the roadworks.
"It was difficult because there's two lanes and it was 600 yards before it cut down into one lane.
"I left Margam at one and got to Swansea at two, the journey would normally take me 25 minutes."
Tony McGetrick, chair of Tourism Swansea Bay, said the traffic chaos meant tourism operators have to be more understanding of their guests when they arrive.
He said: "What it (the traffic problem) is doing is it means by the time people get here they are fed up.
"It doesn't enhance the experience for them arriving at their destination.
"They get through all the hassle of the traffic jams and when they get to where they are staying they are uptight.
"It just means you have to be extra sweet for them."
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "Fabian Way is a very busy route into the city centre and any work which involves lane closures will always create some traffic congestion.
"The improvement works along the route are being completed in off peak hours and not during rush hour traffic.
"We are monitoring the traffic to ensure queues are kept to a minimum.
"We would like to apologise for any delays motorists have suffered."
The current work on Fabian Way is part of a major cleansing and repair scheme including the repair and cleaning of signs, cleansing of the road, cleaning up and tidying of verges and repair of barriers.
The work follows a project on Carmarthen Road last year, and future plans include similar work for Mumbles Road and the A4067 Ffordd Cwm Tawe in the months to come.