£100,000 boost for a safer road

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Community -

I WAS pleased to see the re­cent news that the Welsh Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided £100,000 so that Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil can make a start on pre­par­ing the A48 be­tween Lale­ston and Water­ton for some planned im­prove­ments.

The coun­cil is cur­rently sub­mit­ting a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for the full work, but was al­lo­cated the money by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing un­der-spends on other projects that have taken place around Wales over the past year.

As it has to be spent be­fore April 1, it will be used for things like de­sign­ing the over­all im­prove­ments, clear­ing un­der­growth in prepa­ra­tion for the scheme and re­view­ing speed lim­its be­tween the Ewenny and Broad­lands round­abouts.

Once fund­ing for the full scheme is in place, the pro­posed im­prove­ments will in­clude new pedes­trian refuges at key points along the route, resur­faced foot­paths, ex­tended foot­way links, new sig­nage and road mark­ings, and more.

The im­prove­ments have been de­vel­oped after the coun­cil com­mis­sioned an in­de­pen­dent re­port on this sec­tion of the A48.

Among its find­ings was that half of all 32 col­li­sions be­tween 2011 and 2015 in­volved a “rear end shunt” be­tween ve­hi­cles. Nine oc­curred at night, six dur­ing wet weather, and al­co­hol, driver er­ror and il­le­gal ma­noeu­vres also fig­ured promi­nently.

Un­for­tu­nately, while 22 of the ac­ci­dents were classed as ‘slight’, three were classed as ‘fa­tal’ and seven as ‘se­ri­ous’.

This has meant that the road had an above-av­er­age ca­su­alty sever­ity ra­tio of 23%, although col­li­sion rates were found to be less than the na­tional av­er­age for cor­re­spond­ing types of road.

I hope the planned im­prove­ments sup­port driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans alike, and make this im­por­tant lo­cal route eas­ier and safer to use – I’ll bring you more news soon.

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