MP calls for ur­gent ac­tion to be taken on dan­ger­ous A40 junc­tions

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THERE are calls for ur­gent ac­tion to be taken on what are be­ing branded dan­ger­ous junc­tions west of St Clears on the A40.

Car­marthen West and South Pem­brokeshire MP Si­mon Hart says he has writ­ten to the Welsh Trans­port min­is­ter six times since the new Red Roses by-pass was built – but no ac­tion has yet been taken over the Red Roses and Lland­dowror junc­tions.

Mr Hart added: “Home­own­ers from Red Roses, Lland­dowror and Pen­dine who have to use these junc­tions all the time are telling me how dan­ger­ous they find them,” he said.

He said that de­spite re­peated re­quests, the only changes made have been a few ex­tra signs at the west­bound ap­proach to Red Roses junc­tion.

Adding: “I am frus­trated be­cause the Welsh Govern­ment is re­fus­ing to re­lease roads.

“In April this year they told us they were wait­ing for the 2017 data in or­der to com­plete the three­year-safety au­dit.

“We are now 11 months into 2018, how much longer do we have to wait for last year’s fig­ures?”

Mr Hart high­lighted two crashes hap­pened at the Lland­dowror junc­tion in 2015 and 2016 and there was a fa­tal ac­ci­dent close to the Red Roses junc­tion ear­lier this month.

Mr Hart said: “I have asked for im­proved light­ing at the Lland­dowror junc­tion and been re­fused be­cause ‘there are no in­di­ca­tions that this junc­tion has safety prob­lems in the hours of dark­ness’ ac­cord­ing to Welsh Trans­port data on these Min­is­ter Ken Skates.

“I have writ­ten to him once again ask­ing for the fig­ures and am work­ing closely with the rel­e­vant com­mu­nity coun­cils to try to make this road safer.”

In re­sponse to Mr Hart’s frus­tra­tion at the de­lay in any ac­tion be­ing taken, a Welsh Govern­ment spokes­woman said: “Fol­low­ing con­tin­ued cor­re­spon­dence with Mr Hart, we can con­firm we are con­duct­ing the fi­nal stage four road safety au­dit, which is due early next year.

“When the re­sults of the au­dit have been fully con­sid­ered, we will carry out any works re­quired.”

Car­marthen West and South Pem­brokeshire MP Si­mon Hart at the Red Roses junc­tion on the A40

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