Wi-fi traffic cameras to help Swansea drivers beat the queues
A CONGESTION-BUSTING £100,000 is being spent on new remote traffic cameras in a bid to get Swansea moving.
The city council is planning to install traffic wi-fi technology at key sites throughout the city where traffic levels are high.
The cameras will connect to the authority's main traffic control room and will give officers a better view of what's happening at peak times.
The £100,000 investment in the equipment will also include the upgrading of cameras at existing sites.
Sites for the new cameras include Eastbank Way, Fabian Way, Mansel Street, Alexandra Road, Carmarthen Road, Hafod, and at the Liberty Stadium.
Ten new cameras are expected to be installed and will be added to the 30 cameras the council currently has access to.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "It's vital that the council continues to look at new and innovative ways to monitor and manage traffic-related congestion.
"Recent traffic schemes such as the work at the river bridges in the city centre have proved we can be effective in keeping traffic moving."
Chris Vinestock, head of highways and transportation, said: "We have identified a number of sites in the city which experience high volumes of traffic every day.
"They are not monitored by traffic cameras at present so we want to install new cameras to cover these sites.
"Having a visual display of a specific site means we can monitor it better and hopefully keep traffic flows moving more effectively."
The council says using wi-fi will also eliminate the need for installing expensive fibre connections to link the cameras to the control centre.
The scheme will also lead to an 80 per cent reduction in annual communications costs.