Major Swansea Road section to be completely closed for the weekend of Meczyki Airshow

The roads that are going to be closed for the return of the Meczyki Airshow have been announced. Swansea Bay will be transformed for 2022 with a spectacular return to Hawaii, as well as sky-high action, ground displays, food and drink trucks, live music, performances, family activities, rides and more. Thousands of visitors are expected to visit Swansea to enjoy the two-day event on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3.

Already announced for this year’s shows are The Red Arrows, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Team Raven, The RAF Chinook Display Team and more. You can read about it by clicking here. The popularity of the Meczyki Airshow has grown from 75,000 visitors in its launch year in 2009 to nearly 250,000 spectators. The event, organized by Swansea Council, was last held in 2019 before being canceled due to the pandemic. Get Swansea stories straight to your inbox with our newsletter.

This year, as in previous years, roads will be closed to help keep people safe, including Oystermouth Road in both directions for the duration of the show. The following roads will remain closed for the event…

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On Friday, 1 July, Oystermouth Road westward – towards Mumbles – will be closed between the West Way and Brynmill Lane junctions at noon. Diversion will be done via Carmarthen Road. This would allow exhibitors and merchants to set up on the carriageway on the west side. Oystermouth Road traffic will be able to travel east by Saturday morning.

Over the weekend, Oystermouth Road will be closed in both directions – between the West Way and Skeetie Lane junctions – from 8 a.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. on Monday. Access to the marina, Singleton Park Boating Lake and Swansea University will be maintained throughout. Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

Diversion and parking facilities have been arranged – and park and ride provided – to ensure that visitors can access the event while moving traffic as far around the city as possible. Spectators can attend the airshow at 10 a.m. each day, when the arena is open. The show closes at 6.30 pm on both the days.

As always, a section of Oystermouth Road will be closed for the weekend to ensure a safe event environment for many visitors. This event space – as it did in 2018 and 2019 – enables a large number of on-ground displays and creates a visitor area where people can move safely without the risk of traffic. Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

What has the council said…

Cabinet Member of the Swansea Council for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, Robert Francis-Davis Said: “People of Swansea and visitors from across the country love the airshow. It has become one of the best free events in the UK – so it’s good to return. It can safely and comfortably accommodate the many visitors to the show. For this, we need a large amount of space. For this reason, parts of Oystermouth Road are included in the event footprint.

“This can be done safely by closing it completely to traffic with only a small section. Closing the road is first and foremost a safety measure. However, we are working on improving the content of the show. Let’s try to optimize this space. We want to get the message out now – in good time before the event – so that people can take into account the temporary shutdown and plan appropriately. We know motorists will be disrupted but We’ve heard feedback from past years. As a result, Oystermouth Road traffic will be open to the west until noon on Fridays and eastbound traffic will be open until 8 a.m. on Saturdays. This will keep traffic flowing on busy Fridays. I encourage motorists to plan ahead and devote extra time to their journey.”

Cabinet Member of the Council for Environment and Infrastructure, Andrew Stevens Added: “Oystermouth Road is one of our busiest routes so the decision to close it for airshows is not taken lightly. It really is the only safe option for thousands of visitors. Our highways team designed a series of diversion to keep traffic running during weekends.

“We are promoting as many stops and turns as possible to enable motorists to plan their journey in advance. Hopefully this will reduce disruption for those not attending the program and for those who do not. Will help improve the experience.”

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