Ef­forts be­ing made to ease traf­fic hotspots

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr [email protected]­line.co.uk 07765 287910

CAR­MARTHEN­SHIRE Coun­cil has re­sponded to the lat­est con­cerns about two traf­fic hotspots in Llanelli.

The lat­est con­cerns are over new traf­fic lights be­ing in­stalled at the junc­tion of Capel Isaf Road, Fron­deg Ter­race and Capel Road in Llanelli.

They fol­low the lon­grun­ning saga over Sandy Road, where the lights at the Is­coed Road junc­tion and gen­eral traf­fic de­lays have been a daily headache for com­muters.

Last week, Llanelli’s Welsh As­sem­bly Mem­ber Lee Wa­ters sparked a war of words af­ter ac­cus­ing Plaid Cymru of play­ing party pol­i­tics over Sandy Road.

The Labour AM called on Plaid Cymru-con­trolled Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil to re­veal its ‘se­cret plan’ for the road.

He ac­cused Plaid Cymru of play­ing pol­i­tics with com­muters and hold­ing back a plan to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion un­til the Welsh As­sem­bly elec­tions.

The claims by Mr Wa­ters were rub­bished by Plaid Cymru.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s head of high­ways and trans­port, Steve Pilliner, gave the au­thor­ity’s lat­est up­date on the Sandy Road sit­u­a­tion.

He said: “Sig­nals have been ad­justed to ex­tend the tim­ing for peak flow move­ments over a pe­riod of time which has help im­prove traf­fic flows.

“Modelling work is un­der way with mi­crosim­u­la­tion for Sandy Road, and fur­ther fea­si­bil­ity work will be com­pleted when this work has con­cluded.

“We will then move to a con­sider de­tailed de­sign stage for any pro­posed works, sub­ject to se­cur­ing fi­nance via a grant fund­ing bid.

“In the in­terim, sur­fac­ing works are planned near Den­ham Av­enue and once these works are com­plete, ‘ keep clear’ mark­ings for right-turn move­ments into Ys­gol y Strade and a ded­i­cated lane for right-turn move­ments into Co­leg Sir Gar will be in­tro­duced to fur­ther as­sist with traf­fic flows in the area.”

At Capel Isaf Road, the prob­lems prompted ac­tion by Mr Wa­ters and Llanelli MP Nia Grif­fith.

They called a pub­lic meet­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about a huge in­crease in con­ges­tion fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of tem­po­rary lights.

Per­ma­nent lights are due to be in­stalled next month, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of 29 new homes on land ad­join­ing Capel Isaf Road.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil will in­stall a new four­way light sys­tem on the junc­tion of Capel Isaf and Capel roads and Fron­deg Ter­race, a junc­tion which is cur­rently con­trolled by a mini round­about.

At the meet­ing, res­i­dents called on the coun­cil for a pause in the roll­out of the new lights to see how the road copes with traf­fic from the new houses.

Mr Pi­liner said: “Im­prove­ment works are cur­rently un­der way at Fron­deg Ter­race Llanelli and are in ac­cor­dance with the ap­proved plan­ning con­sent.

“The works in­clude the in­tro­duc­tion of a sig­nalised junc­tion to en­able safe ac­cess to the re­cently con­structed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“The works will also en­sure the safe pas­sage of traf­fic and pedes­trian use, rel­a­tive to the high­way func­tion and level of use.”

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil has given an up­date on the sit­u­a­tion in Sandy Road.

Llanelli MP Nia Grif­fith at the Capel Isaf Road junc­tion with coun­cil­lor Rob Evans, Llanelli AM Lee Wa­ters and coun­cil­lor Rob James.

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