|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Meets:||A48, A4240, B4620, A484, B4295, A4118|
|Route outline (key)|
After leaving the A48 at a T-junction in Pontarddulais, it crosses the M4 on a bridge built in 1977, then passes through Grovesend and into Gorseinon, where it crosses the A4240 (previously the A484) at traffic signals. The road continues south to Kingsbridge to a short multiplex with the B4620 (former A4070) across the Afon Lliw before heading south across open countryside towards Gowerton. A further roundabout north of Gowerton gives access to the present A484, construction of which resulted in the renumbering of the previous roads.
After passing under a low railway bridge a new signal junction gives access to the Gowerton northern bypass, the B4295. At the next set of signals the B4296 turns left, then immediately right at a T-junction into Cecil Road, where it continues towards Dunvant. This curious stretch of road passes a couple of rows of houses which receive their electricity by means of overhead cables, and where the street lighting is mounted on the posts carrying the power cables. Google Streetview image. A similar example exists in Grovesend.
The road enters Dunvant Square, skirting the meadow on the left-hand side before climbing up the hill towards Killay, crossing the line of the former railway from Gowerton to Blackpill en route. Dunvant is a village of two halves - the more rural section west of the railway including the Square, and the suburban section we have now entered on the fringe of Swansea. The road broadens out as it runs along Dunvant Road, then bears right into Goetre Fawr Road for the final approach to the A4118 at a mini roundabout at the west end of Killay Square.
The B4296 originally ended on the B4295 in the centre of Gowerton. It was extended south in the late 1920s.