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Popular promenade set to be bathed in light during night time

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A popular walking and cycling route used by thousands of residents and visitors every week is set to have a lighting upgrade.

During evenings the route along Mumbles promenade becomes shrouded in darkness which the council say means it becomes less desirable for those who want to venture out at night.

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Swansea Council has decided to install 304 energy efficient LED lighting columns along the popular walking and cycling route so that people can visit day and night.

Work to install the lights is set to take place in the next few months and will transform the prom for thousands of visitors.

A mile-long section of the route at West Cross has already been treated to new lighting columns after local ward members invested funding from the Council’s community benefit scheme to install the lights

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure, said: “Swansea Bay is such a popular destination for both locals and visitors to the area.

“The promenade welcomes thousands of people every week with many walking, pushing prams, walking their pets or cycling their way along, between the city centre and Mumbles.

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“A mile-long section at West Cross has been improved with the recent installation of lights. We’ve now decided to invest in the installation of even more lighting between St Helen’s and Mumbles.

“I’m also pleased that the new lights have been chosen for their energy efficient qualities. We’ve estimated that each light will cost just £15 per year in terms of energy consumption, making this a great cost effective method of enhancing the route, helping to make people feel much safer during evenings.”

The promenade is also set to benefit from a major seawall upgrade in the coming years with plans to boost sea defences between Knab Rock and Oystermouth Square.

The plans will seek to also remodel the section of promenade along the route making it more user friendly for walkers and cyclists.

Cllr Stevens added: “Visual improvements to the area will create a greener, sustainable and attractive waterfront – an asset to the local community and an attraction for visitors.

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“The improved sea defences will protect homes, businesses and leisure areas from the effects of rising sea levels for the foreseeable future.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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