Linking communities in the Swansea Valley

New routes for cyclists and pedestrians have filled gaps to make it easier to get around without a car
The challenge

The existing cycle network in Clydach had significant gaps and poor links with neighbouring towns and villages. The A406 provided the most direct route between Clydach and the nearby village of Glais but the road was incredibly busy and had no specific provision for cyclists or pedestrians. Many local residents wanted to cycle and walk more but the lack of connected traffic-free routes meant they relied on their cars to get to work, the shops and for the school run.

The solution

What a revelation – the new route is lovely, accessible and feels safe.

- Local resident

Sustrans developed new walking and cycling routes in Clydach to provide better access to shops, schools, nearby towns and the surrounding countryside. The scheme focused on redeveloping an old railway embankment and a disused railway bridge over the River Tawe to create a direct route for cyclists and walkers through Clydach to Glais away from the busy A4067. It also restored the existing canal towpath through the town centre and improved routes to Ynysforgan, Trebanos and Swansea.

The difference

The route is incredibly popular and the majority of people who use it make the journey at least twice a week. It passes near several schools offering hundreds of local children the opportunity to walk or cycle every day. The route connects residential areas with the busy employment areas in Morriston, Llansamlet and Pontardawe so more people are cycling to work. It has also boosted tourism in Clydach.

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