Junc­tion ‘most dan­ger­ous’

Yel­low lines plea to mo­torists

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Christie Ban­non @christieba­n­non_ 01792 545522 christie.ban­[email protected]­line.co.uk

A JUNC­TION in Llanelli town centre has been dubbed one of the “most dan­ger­ous” in the area.

The road lay­out has come un­der fire, with one res­i­dent say­ing: “How any pedes­tri­ans have not been flat­tened is be­yond me”.

It is the en­trance and exit to the Murray Street multi-storey car park, and the sur­round­ing area, which peo­ple have se­ri­ous is­sue with.

The junc­tion sees cars com­ing up and down two ramps, while lor­ries mak­ing de­liv­er­ies in the town centre have to re­verse off the street into a an­other road which runs par­al­lel to the ramps. There is then a fourth en­trance and exit the other side of the car park ramps, crammed into a few tens of metres of high­way.

Adding to the con­fu­sion, pass­ing cars have to avoid ve­hi­cles parked on dou­ble yel­low lines, while also al­low­ing the lorry driv­ers time to com­plete the tricky ma­noeu­vre.

Cars ex­it­ing the multi-storey car park are also not al­lowed to turn right onto Murray Street. In­stead they have to turn left and use the round­about to turn back around if they want to go the opposite di­rec­tion.

In a Face­book post that sparked a de­bate, Vanessa Par­ton said: “This has to be the most dan­ger­ous part of town. Who­ever de­cided to have a su­per­store in the mid­dle of town which re­quires sev­eral evening de­liv­ery lor­ries to try to ne­go­ti­ate two bends of al­most 90 de­grees in re­verse?

“The park­ing is an is­sue with cars on dou­ble yel­lows along with a con­tin­ual num­ber of im­pa­tient driv­ers who risk se­ri­ous in­jury by try­ing to pass the re­vers­ing lorry. How any pedes­tri­ans have not [been] flat­tened is be­yond me. It surely is only a mat­ter of time!”

Re­act­ing to this, Deryk Cundy said: “Might help if the cars parked on the dou­ble yel­lows obeyed the law.”

John Pritchard agreed, com­ment­ing: “If the cars didn’t park on dou­ble yel­low lines the lorry will have enough room.”

Elli ward coun­cil­lor John Jenk­ins said: “It is ob­vi­ous to me that en­force­ment of the park­ing re­stric­tions is needed which is a coun­cil re­spon­si­bil­ity, but if any­one is parked caus­ing an ob­struc­tion then that is a po­lice mat­ter and I en­cour­age peo­ple to call 101 to re­port.

“It is im­por­tant that busi­nesses are not pre­vented from get­ting de­liv­er­ies to their stores and I hope com­mon sense will pre­vail.”

Stephen Pilliner, head of trans­port and highways at Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, said: “Stores and de­liv­ery com­pa­nies are re­spon­si­ble and will make ar­range­ments for a safe sys­tem for goods de­liv­ery to min­imise im­pact and dis­rup­tion on the pub­lic high­way.

“At this lo­ca­tion, the sit­u­a­tion is not helped by cars parked il­le­gally on yel­low lines opposite the junc­tion.

“Dou­ble yel­low lines are there for a pur­pose and are ac­tively en­forced by our civil en­force­ment team. We urge driv­ers to be­have re­spon­si­bly in the in­ter­ests of pub­lic safety.”

Pic­tures: Adrian White

The en­try and exit to the multi-storey car park on Murray Street, in Llanelli.

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