Safety work at crash blackspot

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - LIZ BRADFIELD liz.bradfield@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WORK is start­ing on a £290,000 road safety im­prove­ment project on the A48 in Brid­gend.

The work is taking place on a 5km stretch of the A48 between Lale­ston and Water­ton.

WORK has started on a £290,000 road safety im­prove­ment project on the A48 in Brid­gend.

The work is taking place on a 5km stretch of the A48 between Lale­ston and Water­ton.

It in­cludes a new 50mph speed limit which will re­place the cur­rent 60mph on the west­bound ap­proach to the Broad­lands es­tate.

It will ex­tend as far as the ex­ist­ing 40mph limit near the Ewenny round­about. It comes af­ter a num­ber of ac­ci­dents on the route which have in­cluded three fa­tal­i­ties.

In July 2016, a teenager died when he was in col­li­sion with a mo­tor­bike.

Six­teen-year-old Rhys Ru­bery had been cross­ing with a group of friends on the sec­tion of road where the speed limit is cur­rently 60mph. The in­quest into his death heard the on­com­ing mo­tor­bike would have been masked by a car and Rhys would not have seen it.

Un­der the new road im­prove­ments, bet­ter street light­ing and fresh sig­nage ad­vis­ing driv­ers to be alert for pedes­tri­ans will be in­stalled at key points

And a 3m-wide com­bined foot­way and cy­clepath is also being cre­ated on the verge between Heron­ston Lane and the Pic­ton Court round­about – a route reg­u­larly used by school­child­ren and resi- dents who live at Pic­ton Gar­dens.

Ex­ist­ing road mark­ings will be ad­justed to pro­vide a safety zone for the com­bined foot­way and cy­clepath.

Un­der­growth has al­ready been cleared to help im­prove driver vis­i­bil­ity, and pedes­trian cross­ing points near the Broad­lands round­about will be en­hanced along with cross­ings at Heron­ston Lane.

The works will take place between 8am and 5.30pm, and on Satur­day morn­ings.

Brid­gend Coun­cil­lor Richard Young, cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: “These changes are de­signed to greatly im­prove the safety of driv­ers, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists, and have been made pos­si­ble thanks to fund­ing from Welsh Gov­ern­ment.

“The work fol­lows an in­de­pen­dent re­port com­mis­sioned by Brid­gend County Bor­ough Council which re­vealed that there were 32 col­li­sions along this stretch of the A48 between 2011 and 2015.

“Half of these col­li­sions in­volved a ‘rear-end shunt’ between ve­hi­cles, and 9% were between ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans.

“Three of the col­li­sions in­volved fa­tal­i­ties, seven were classed as ‘se­ri­ous’, and 22 as ‘slight’.

“While the study found that the col­li­sion rate was less than the na­tional av­er­age for cor­re­spond­ing types of road, nine of the 32 col­li­sions oc­curred at night, six took place dur­ing wet weather, and al­co­hol, driver er­ror and il­le­gal ma­noeu­vres were also sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors.

“It is clear that the works are nec­es­sary to help im­prove safety along this busy route, and we will do ev­ery­thing we can to keep in­con­ve­nience to a min­i­mum while the project is un­der­way.”

The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by early Oc­to­ber.

PETER BOLTER

Work on the A48 in Brid­gend comes af­ter a num­ber of ac­ci­dents on the route, which have in­cluded three fa­tal­i­ties

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