More mis­ery on con­gested road

Sum­mer of works are sched­uled

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Bethan Thomas

LLANELLI’S most con­gested road is set for a sum­mer of road­works, bring­ing traf­fic mis­ery to com­muters.

The jour­ney from Pem­brey to Llanelli is of­ten branded as a night­mare by driv­ers who la­bel it Llanelli’s most con­gested road.

And this sum­mer the road could be get­ting worse with a num­ber of road­works, some un­der con­struc­tion un­til Septem­ber. Projects be­ing un­der­taken by West Wales Util­i­ties, Welsh Wa­ter and Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil mean that there are a whole host of works be­ing un­der­taken in the area, with road clo­sures and tem­po­rary traf­fic set to guar­an­tee fur­ther de­lays.

LLANELLI’S most con­gested road is set for a sum­mer of road­works, bring­ing traf­fic mis­ery to com­muters.

The jour­ney from Pem­brey to Llanelli town cen­tre should be a scenic and tran­quil route over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Llanelli coast.

But the six-mile stretch is of­ten branded a night­mare by driv­ers who la­bel it Llanelli’s most con­gested road.

Com­muters claim that the ex­pected 15-minute jour­ney along Tan y Coed, Pwll Road and Sandy Road can take up to 55 min­utes in rush-hour traf­fic.

And this sum­mer the road could be get­ting a whole lot worse, with a num­ber of road­works, some un­der con­struc­tion un­til Septem­ber.

Projects be­ing un­der­taken by West Wales Util­i­ties, Welsh Wa­ter and Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil mean that there are a whole host of works be­ing un­der­taken in the area.

Road clo­sures and tem­po­rary traf­fic lights along the road in­di­cate that fur­ther de­lays are al­most guar­an­teed es­pe­cially dur­ing rush hours.

Michael Ridge­way, from Burry Port, drives along the road ev­ery day de­scrib­ing the busy road and daily con­ges­tion as a ‘night­mare’ be­fore any of the road­works were in­stalled.

“It’s a ter­ri­ble road for traf­fic – it took me around 50 min­utes to get from Burry Port to Llanelli the other day. And now there are around four sets of tem­po­rary traf­fic lights and so much go­ing on along the road,” said Mr Ridge­way.

“I un­der­stand that work needs to be done but think it could be handled bet­ter. They could have stag­gered the work in­stead of do­ing it all at the same time or done it at night time when the roads are quiet.”

But what seems to have an­noyed com­muters fur­ther is the lack of signs and in­for­ma­tion with re­gard to the road­works.

“There are no signs there in­di­cat­ing that there are de­lays or how long the road­works are go­ing to be there.

“There’s a com­plete lack of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“I had to ring up the coun­cil to find out what was go­ing on but if there were some signs there then peo­ple would know to avoid the area and use a dif­fer­ent route,” added Mr Ridge­way.

But the road’s rep­u­ta­tion as the busiest in Llanelli is partly due to the lack of al­ter­nate routes around the area.

One of the only pos­si­ble di­ver­sions is through the nar­row coun­try road of Cwm Ivor Road that snakes from Burry Port to Trim­saran and can cause fur­ther mileage and de­lays.

Pwll Road is home to Ys­gol y Strade, with 1,200 pupils and around 100 mem­bers of staff, as well as Co­leg Sir Gar’s big­gest cam­pus Graig.

The road is some driv­ers’ only means of ac­cess for school, col­lege and work.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the road is a key route from Llanelli town cen­tre to neigh­bour­ing Car­marthen.

And, with the im­mi­nent sum­mer months promis­ing more tourists visit­ing the seaside ar­eas of Burry Port, Fer­ry­side and Llanelli, along with surges of vis­i­tors to the pop­u­lar Pem­brey Coun­try Park, more con­ges­tion and de­lays are in­evitable.

The ma­jor­ity of road­works be­ing un­der­taken are gas­works by West Wales Util­i­ties.

Fran­cis Kirk, WWU pro­gramme con­troller for Llanelli said: “We are work­ing in the Pwll Road area of Llanelli to up­grade more than 1.6km of old metal gas pipes to new plas­tic ones. This £300,000 in­vest­ment is es­sen­tial to keep the gas flow­ing to homes and busi­nesses in the area and to make sure the gas network is fit for the fu­ture.

“Our work be­gan on Pwll Road on June 6 and, bar­ring any un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, will com­plete at the end of Au­gust 2019.

“In agree­ment with Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, and to keep the lo­cal com­mu­nity, road users and our col­leagues safe while we work, phased road clo­sures will be in place. Ger y Coed is cur­rently closed at its junc­tion with Pwll Road, and we ex­pect to re­open the road by the end of this week (June 14). We will then need to close El­gin Road at its junc­tion with Pwll Road. Traf­fic lights will be in place along Pwll Road as our work pro­gresses.

“Our cus­tomer ser­vice team is ready to take your call if you have any ques­tions about our work. You can con­tact them on freep­hone 0800 912 2999 or en­[email protected] wwwu­til­i­ties.co.uk. Al­ter­na­tively, you can con­tact us on Twit­ter @WWUtil­i­ties or Face­book.com/WWUtil­i­ties.

“We know work­ing on roads like these is not ideal, but this work re­ally is es­sen­tial to keep the gas flow­ing to heat homes and power busi­nesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the fu­ture and can play its part in de­liv­er­ing re­li­able and af­ford­able green en­ergy.”

We know work­ing on roads like these is not ideal, but this work re­ally is es­sen­tial to keep the gas flow­ing to heat homes and power busi­nesses in the area

Fran­cis Kirk, WWU pro­gramme con­troller for Llanelli

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Pwll Road be­tween Burry Port and Llanelli af­fected by the road clo­sure.

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