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New archways link Swansea marina and seafront

Bev Knops, of Kidwelly, at the new archways that help link Swansea city centre with the marina and seafront.

Three new archways are now open to better link Swansea city centre with the marina and seafront.

The archways – which have replaced a narrow tunnel that was in place beforehand – are located close to the LC, between the maritime quarter and the city’s £135m new Copr Bay district.

The district also includes Swansea Arena, the 1.1-acre coastal park and the new bridge over Oystermouth Road

Copr Bay has been developed by Swansea Council and development managed by RivingtonHark.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council leader, said: “Swansea’s waterfront has always been the city’s crown jewel, but Oystermouth Road had become a barrier between the city centre and the marina, promenade and seafront.

“Not only is the iconic new bridge over the road now in place to create better links between these areas, but the three new archways are now open too, making the maritime quarter, the waterfront and its businesses more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

“The arches are part of our new Copr Bay district, which is worth hundreds of jobs and £17.1m a year to Swansea’s economy. It’s part of a major on-going investment in Swansea that’s transforming the city into the one of the UK’s very best places to live, work, study and visit.”

The arena feature of Copr Bay is being part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal as part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project that also includes the new office development now being constructed at 71/72 The Kingsway.

The bridge over Oystermouth Road is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s Active Travel fund.