Swansea Ironman 2024: Road closures around the city

An Ironman finisher crossing the line
-Credit: (Image: Richard Swingler)

Swansea is getting set to host one of its biggest sporting events once again next month as Ironman 70.3 returns to the city. The event will be held on Sunday, July 14, with thousands of athletes getting set to take on the mammoth endurance event.

It will begin with a 1.2-mile, or 1.9km, swim starting at the Prince of Wales Dock before participants will take on a 56-mile (90km) bike course through Mumbles, along roads that hug the Gower’s coastal clifftops, ahead of cycling out through rural Swansea and along Swansea Bay into the city.

Athletes will then take on a 13.1-mile (21.1km) two-loop run which takes them from the city centre, out past the Swansea Arena, towards Mumbles before heading back towards the finish line at the Marina. For the latest Swansea news sign up to our newsletter here.

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As the event nears closer organisers have now published details of the car park and road closures which will be in place to safely facilitate the event. The following is an at-a-glance guide of what you can expect on the day.

Car park closures

  • 6am – 5pm: Sketty Lane Foreshore car park, St Helen’s Foreshore car park.

  • East Burrows car park: Closed Wednesday, July 10, at 8am until Monday, July 15, at 6pm.

City centre and Oystermouth Road

  • Somerset Place will be closed to cars on Saturday, July 13 between 7am – 6pm, and Sunday, July 14 between 4am – 6pm.

  • Burrows Place and Adelaide Street will be closed to cars between 4am – 8pm.

  • The southside of Oystermouth Road (westbound) will be closed between 6am – 5pm. Cars will be able to travel eastbound on Oystermouth Road as normal throughout the day. There are two managed vehicle crossing points on Oystermouth Road. People are advised to use the designated vehicle crossing locations to make your crossing as quick as possible.

  • There will be a managed crossing system for access into the Maritime Quarter using Glamorgan Street, Oystermouth Road and cross the road closure into Dunvant Place.

  • For exit out of the Maritime Quarter, drivers must use the crossing point past the Civic Centre and turn right onto Oystermouth Road. There may be delays at these crossings at busy times.

  • Pedestrian access to Swansea Beach, Blackpill Lido, the Skate Park, Swansea Footgolf, The Secret Bar and Kitchen will be maintained as normal.

Kings Road

  • Between the Sail Bridge and Y Fforwm Building Car Park will be closed 4am – 10am.

Mumbles: 6am – 10am

  • Mumbles Road will be closed southbound only up to Village Lane between 6am – 10am.

  • Cars will be able to travel northbound from Village Lane (towards Swansea) for the duration of the closure.

  • There will be a one-way diversion for residents needing to access. Residents will be able to travel west on the B4436, left onto Murton Green Road, then east on Mansfield Road, Murton Lane and Newton Road.

Newton (B4593), Bishopston: 6.30am – 10.30am

  • The course will follow Plunch Lane and Higher Lane before turning left onto Southward Lane B4593 / Caswell Road through Newton, passing Caswell Bay beach. Following Caswell Road north, turning left onto Pyle Road / Bishopston Road and left onto Pennard Road B4436. The named roads will be fully closed between 6.30am – 10.30am.

Kittle, Murton: 6.30am – 12.30pm, 12.30pm – 1.45pm

  • The course continues west along the B4436 to the junction of Vennaway Lane. This section of the course has various closures due to bikes using these roads outbound and inbound.

  • The B4436 from Murton Green to the Vennaway Lane junction will be fully closed from 6.30am – 12.30pm. It will be open westbound (towards Pennard) from 12.30pm and fully open for traffic in both directions by 1.45pm.

Vennaway Lane: 6.30am – 1.30pm

  • The route uses Vennaway Lane in both directions during the event. It will be fully closed between 6.30am – 12.30pm, and then will open for northbound traffic turning left and right on South Gower Road from 12.30pm.

  • The road will be fully open by 1.30pm.

Pennard, Southgate: 7.15am – 10.45am

  • The course follows Pennard Road through Kittle and Pennard before making a U-turn in Southgate outside the Three Cliffs Cafe. The bikes then travel back through Pennard and take a left onto Vennaway Lane. Exit from Southgate / Pennard towards Kittle will be permitted until 7.15am and access from Kittle to Southgate / Pennard is permitted after 10.45am.

  • Exit towards Upper Killay permitted after 12.15pm.

Parkmill, Penmaen, Nicholaston, Reynoldston, Cilibion: 7am – 12.30pm, 7am – 1pm

  • The course follows the A4118 through Parkmill, Penmaen, Nicholaston.

  • The A4118 will be closed up to the Reynoldston junction between 7am – 12.30pm.

  • The course then travels north towards Reynoldston before turning east to Cilibion which will be fully closed between 7am – 1pm.

Llanrhidian, Penuel, Three Crosses: 7.30am – 11.30am, 7am – 12pm

  • From Cilibion the course travels to Llanrhidian which is closed 7.30am – 11.30am.

  • The route then travels east through Penuel and onto Three Crosses, before heading southbound on Tirmynydd Road – this section of the course will be fully closed from 7.30am – 12pm.

Upper Killay, Langrove, Lunnon, Ilston, Llethryd: 7.30am – 1pm, 7am – 1.30pm

  • The bike course consists of one larger outer loop and a smaller second inner loop which travels through Llethryd on the B4271 which will be closed 7.30am – 1pm.

  • South Gower Road A4118 from the Upper Killay junction to Vennaway Lane will be closed southbound 7am – 1.30pm. The northbound crossing point will be available for traffic travelling north on South Gower Road towards Upper Killay as shown on the attached map.

Clyne Common, West Cross: 8.30am – 1.45pm

  • The athletes will finish the bike course by following the B4436 (Clyne Common) eastbound before turning right onto Fairwood Road through West Cross.

  • The bikes will continue down the hill on Fairwood Road and turn left onto the A4067 to return into Swansea City Centre.

  • Clyne Common from Fairwood Road to Murton Green will be closed eastbound from 8.30am – 1.45pm.

  • Fairwood Road will be closed eastbound from 8.30am – 1.45pm.

  • Residential access will be available northbound (up the hill) on Fairwood Road throughout the day, along with a crossing point at the Fairwood Road / Mayals Road junction for cars travelling north towards Kittle. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news.