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Wales’ biggest free-entry family event: Temporary road changes

A RANGE of temporary road changes will be in place to ensure that tens of thousands of people can enjoy this year’s Wales Airshow safely.

The free-entry two-day event is due to take place on July 6 and 7 with a series of world-class displays over Swansea Bay.

Whilst many people will travel to the event by car, organisers Swansea Council are encouraging visitors to walk, cycle or take the train or bus to the event with Airshow travel partners GWR, First Cymru and Transport for Wales.

Temporary road changes for the 2024 show reflect those that were in place for last summer’s highly successful event.

They will include seafront sections of Oystermouth Road and Mumbles Road, a number of roads in Sandfields plus Pantycelyn Road, Townhill. Diversions will be signposted.

Swansea Prom, from the Civic Centre to Sketty Lane, will be not be accessible to cyclists from 7am July 4 to 11pm July 9.

Emergency access will be maintained at all times and access to the Marina, Singleton Hospital and Swansea University will remain. Directly affected businesses and organisations are being notified.

Safety for all remains a key priority on what will be a busy weekend in the city. Arrangements are in place for spectator parking and access, with facilities such as park and ride in place.

Council head of cultural services Tracey McNulty said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming many thousands of people to Swansea to enjoy the airshow – Wales’ biggest free-entry family event.

“Safety is paramount and we thank local motorists, residents and businesses for their understanding that some temporary changes have to be made to key roads in and around the event area in order to ensure this.

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“It’s important for people to plan ahead for this major event – and to familiarise themselves with these changes.

“The airshow is hugely important to the city and, as for all major events of this scale, some disruption to the normal day-to-day routine activity is inevitable. We thank everybody in advance for their cooperation and understanding.”

This year’s airshow will feature ground displays, including a full-size replica Hurricane, live music, fun fair and the Motor Zone, and the spectacular air displays.

There’ll be a D-Day mobile museum and a range of vintage military vehicles.

The ever-popular Red Arrows (on Saturday) and RAF Typhoon (both days) are amongst the displays that are set to delight crowds.

Armed Services activity will include the Band of the Prince of Wales, large combat vehicles and a veterans’ village with a marquee with representatives of service veterans, charities and support groups.

People with road access concerns or event-related issues over the two days of the airshow can phone the dedicated resident and business contact line on 01792 635428 from 10am-6.30pm.

From noon Friday July 5 to 5am July 6

  • Oystermouth Road / Mumbles Road will be closed in a westbound direction only – from the junction of West Way to Brynmill Lane. There will be no access from or to the eastbound carriageway of Oystermouth Road at the junctions with Bond Street, Beach Street and St Helen’s Road (junction nearest the Bay View Bar & Thai Restaurant) during these times
  • Access to the Marina will be maintained via Dunvant Place.

From 5am Saturday July 6 to 5am Monday July 8

  • Oystermouth Road / Mumbles Road will be closed in both directions from the junction of West Way to Sketty Lane and diversions will be in place and signposted.
  • Access to the Marina will be maintained via Dunvant Place.
  • Access to Argyle Street will be maintained using a diversion via the Civic Centre.
  • Pantycelyn Road will be closed (between Dyfed Avenue and Townhill Road) from 8am-7pm on the Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to Swansea University & Brynmill Lane to be maintained via Sketty Lane. 

For safety, security and to aid traffic movement some roads will be kept free of parked vehicles. This will mean parking restrictions on some roads. Those affected by these closures are asked to move their vehicles to an alternative location.

  • There’ll be parking restrictions and a tow-away zone from noon on July 5 to 5am on July 8 on:
    • both sides of Oystermouth Road / Mumbles Road in the airshow area
    • on both sides of Bryn Road.
  • Swansea Prom, from the Civic Centre to Sketty Lane, will be not be accessible to cyclists from 7am July 4 to 11pm July 9.

Please visit www.bit.ly/WA23roads for more detail and a map of the airshow area.