‘Driv­ers to blame’ for junc­tion is­sues

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

DRIV­ERS, rather than the road lay­out, is to blame for prob­lems at a new junc­tion, a coun­cil leader has said.

An­drew Mor­gan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Coun­cil, was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Coun­cil­lor Pauline Jar­man about speed­ing and ag­gre­sive over­tak­ing at the new junc­tion on the A4059 in Moun­tain Ash.

He said ag­gres­sive driv­ers and over­tak­ing were the main prob­lems in the area.

The junc­tion in ques­tion serves the Moun­tain Ash Cross Val­ley Link near the vil­lage of New­town.

The junc­tion has un­der­gone a de­sign as­sess­ment and sev­eral stages of a road safety au­dit, and Cllr Mor­gan said it was fully com­pli­ant.

Cllr Mor­gan added: “We have a num­ber of these junc­tions but a small num­ber of peo­ple who see this sec­tion of road as a race­track.”

He said sim­i­lar is­sues af­fected the Aber­dare by­pass and a stretch of road from the Ynys round­about up to the Cynon Val­ley.

He told Cllr Jar­man that more sig­nage had been in­stalled and said the coun­cil had spo­ken to the po­lice about en­force­ment in the area, but added that the lay­out was de­signed to max­imise the flow of traf­fic.

Cllr Jar­man said the road lay­out caused mo­torists to travel at speeds ex­ceed­ing 30mph and there have been many nearmiss in­ci­dents.

“De­spite the ad­di­tional sig­nage, the sit­u­a­tion still pre­vails,” she said.

“My con­stituents de­scribe the con­tin­u­ous blow­ing of horns as a nerve-rack­ing ver­sion of Tubu­lar Bells.”

Cllr Mor­gan said: “Roads are not un­safe. It is the peo­ple who drive on the roads who are un­safe.

“It is about mak­ing peo­ple aware. More sig­nage is needed. It needs en­force­ment.”

He added: “It is com­pletely safe as along as peo­ple drive to the way the road is de­signed.

“Fur­ther ac­tion is needed.”

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