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Lack of cash forces Swansea to close dangerous road

A residential road in Swansea is set to close permanently to traffic after the local council approved only a “minimal option” to repair it.

Trewyddfa Road in the Morriston area of the city has been closed to through traffic since a landslip in 2009. This closed the route between Salem Road and Mynydd Garnllwyd Road.

The City and County of Swansea Council will now spend £250,000 stabilising the embankment with rock anchors.

However, the road will remain closed as the option to fully reinstate it would have cost between £422,000 and £634,000.

John Hague, cabinet member for the environment, told a council meeting on 29 July that “there is currently no funding identified” for a full rebuilding option. Announcing the closure of the road, he said: “We have taken the decision to permanently close the route to traffic to avoid any further landslips.

“Our main focus has to be the safety of nearby residents. We will now discuss the plans further with ward members and residents to find out how the closure can be achieved without any disruption to their day to day living.”

“Ultimately, roads may have to be closed because there may not be funds to maintain them in a safe condition”

County Surveyors’ Society Wales

The surrounding area, known as Graig, has been susceptible to landslides for many years. As a result, several properties have been demolished, the latest being about 10 years ago.

The council’s cabinet had already rejected a “do nothing” option due to the damage that could occur to underground services and to adjacent properties.

Residents affected by the closure will now be consulted before a traffic regulation order to close the road is issued.

The action follows warnings last year from the County Surveyors’ Society Wales that “competing demands for budgets within all local authorities” increased the possibility of road closures.

“It is becoming more and more difficult to ensure users are not inconvenienced but, ultimately, roads may have to be closed because there may not be funds to maintain them in a safe condition,” it said in a statement to the Welsh Assembly finance committee.

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