Switch off Sandy Rd lights

Calls for ac­tion to ease con­ges­tion

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­line.co.uk 07790 591150

LLANELLI’S MP and AM are call­ing on Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil to trial switch­ing off the traf­fic lights on Sandy Road in an ef­fort to ease traf­fic flow over the hol­i­day week­end.

Ahead of the three-day week­end next week, Nia Grif­fith MP and Lee Wa­ters AM have writ­ten to the coun­cil’s head of highways re­quest­ing a tem­po­rary switch-off of the lights to tackle the on­go­ing traf­fic prob­lem.

Ms Grif­fith ex­plained: “Ever since the county coun­cil in­stalled traf­fic lights at the junc­tion of Sandy Road and Maesy-coed back in 2017, the traf­fic has gone from bad to worse.

“This is caus­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems and frus­tra­tion for peo­ple on a daily ba­sis, but many will also be wor­ried about the im­pact of the ap­palling tail­backs on their plans for the bank hol­i­day week­end.

“In order to find solutions to the Sandy Road traf­fic prob­lem that the coun­cil could im­ple­ment, Lee Wa­ters AM, lo­cal coun­cil­lor Penny Edwards and I or­gan­ised a con­sul­ta­tion last year.

“Many peo­ple sug­gested switch­ing off the lights, and the time has come for this to be tri­alled on a tem­po­rary ba­sis so that we can see what the im­pact is, and as­sess if it will work long-term.”

She added: “The coun­cil have said re­peat­edly that their tweaks to the phas­ing of the lights have helped to im­prove traf­fic flow, but anyone who uses Sandy Road reg­u­larly or at peak times knows that this prob­lem is not going away.

“We will keep push­ing for the coun­cil to take ur­gent ac­tion to sort this out.”

AM Lee Wa­ters added: “Well over a year since we pre­sented the re­sults of our con­sul­ta­tion to the coun­cil, they have still not taken the ac­tion nec­es­sary to deal with the Sandy Road traf­fic.

“We are chasing the highways de­part­ment for the re­sults of traf­fic mod­el­ling work we were promised at a meet­ing last year, but it is clear that more needs to be done to tackle this prob­lem in the mean­time. That’s why Nia and I have sug­gested switch­ing off the lights for the bank hol­i­day – this is a prac­ti­cal mea­sure that will ease the bur­den on trav­ellers and give us valu­able in­for­ma­tion.

“The large num­bers of emails we still re­ceive about this is­sue show that not nearly enough is be­ing done to tackle this, and frus­tra­tion is only build­ing as time drags on. “Peo­ple de­serve bet­ter.” The coun­cil’s head of highways and trans­port, Stephen Pilliner said: “Traf­fic flow has im­proved as a re­sult of ad­just­ments to the signals in Sandy Road and has al­lowed more traf­fic to pass through dur­ing the busiest pe­ri­ods.

“The au­thor­ity has un­der­taken work to the gen­eral high­way infrastruc­ture and the lights since they were in­stalled as part of the Maesy­coed de­vel­op­ment. Traf­fic con­di­tions have changed as the de­vel­op­ment has pro­gressed and the lights are in place to balance the com­pet­ing de­mands of all road users in­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans who need to cross the road.

“Jour­ney times have re­duced as a re­sult of the works un­der­taken to date, how­ever the peak traf­fic flow at cer­tain times of the day will in­evitably place pres­sure at junc­tions, as hap­pens across the high­way net­work gen­er­ally.

“Nev­er­the­less, there is fur­ther work un­der way par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to fea­si­bil­ity work to ex­plore what in­ter­ven­tions can be made in Llanelli to as­sist traf­fic flows.”

This is a prac­ti­cal mea­sure that will ease the bur­den on trav­ellers and give us valu­able in­for­ma­tion

Llanelli AM Lee Wa­ters

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Llanelli politi­cians have sug­gested a trial traf­fic lights switch-off in a bid to help al­le­vi­ate traf­fic prob­lems on Sandy Road.

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