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