South Wales Trunk Road Agent (SWTRA) is responsible for managing, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in South Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government
SWTRA manages, maintains and delivers improvements on the strategic road network in South Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government.
Our service covers the four key areas of network management, asset management, area operations and business management.
Our Network Management function is responsible for day-to-day monitoring and the availability of the road network. It includes operation of the South Wales Traffic Management Centre control room, the Traffic Officer Service and coordination of works on the highway.
The agency is responsible for maintaining the condition and value of the Welsh Government’s trunk road assets. Assets include:
- The highway
- Bridges and structures, including tunnels
- Electrical (street lighting, pedestrian crossings, lighting units, vehicle activated signs)
- Intelligent transport systems
- Traffic signals
- Geotechnical features
- Safety barriers
- Soft estate (including highway verges and planted landscape areas)
Capital schemes are designed to improve a part of the trunk road network and enhance its value over an extended period of time (as opposed to maintenance of the existing asset). They include the cost of procuring, constructing and installing the new element of the network, whether for replacement of worn or obsolete assets or as an addition to the existing network.
Our Area Operations function inspects and ensures the condition of structural, electrical and technology assets. The Area Teams are responsible for the implementation and annual delivery of routine and cyclic maintenance programmes through Service Level Agreements with the Agency's Service Providers. The other primary requirement of the Area teams is to deliver its delegated functions on behalf of the Welsh Government to undertake the requirements of the Highways Act 1980 & New Roads and Street Works Act in relation to coordination, agreement and enforcement of highway related issues.
Our Business Management function provides essential support to whole Agent. It encompasses finance, contract performance management, third party claims, business planning, health and safety, customer services, ICT support, office management and integrated management systems.
SWTRA is managed from its head office in Llandarcy, off M4 Junction 43. It is supported by regional operational offices at St Clears and Wilcrick. Network control is operated from the South Wales Traffic Management Centre, Cardiff.
SWTRA staff are employed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (NPTCBC). All vacancies across our service are advertised on the NPTCBC website.
SWTRA manages the South Wales area of the Welsh Government's strategic road network. The service covers 436 kilometres of trunk road and 178 kilometres of motorway.
SWTRA delivers functions delegated by the Welsh Ministers and which are prescribed under the Highways Act 1980 and New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 in relation to works co-ordination, licensing and enforcement in relation to highway matters
SWTRA coordinates and enables the delivery of highway maintenance and improvements.
Our supply chain includes local authority partnerships, framework contractors, framework consultants and technology support providers.
The Business Management section develops and maintains an Integrated Management System certified by a registered United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved verification body. The scope of the system is 'The Management of the Trunk Road Agent in South Wales'. Our certificate identity number with Lloyd's Register is 10169207.
The Agent has certified Quality Management Systems to ISO 9001:2015 and National Highway Sector Schemes (as required).
Environmental Management Systems are certified to ISO 14001:2015.
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems have been certified to ISO 45001:2018.