Questioning A48 road safety strategy
A meeting is being called with objectors to discuss road safety strategy on the A48 Pont Abraham to Cross Hands Road with Assembly Ministers and Carmarthenshire County Council representatives.
The County Council’s Executive Board are looking to achieve the implementation of appropriate safety improvements on this stretch of trunk road and address the objectors concerns of the inconvenience of banning right turns and U-turns.
They are inviting AM’s Rhodri Glyn Thomas and Helen Mary Jones to meet objectors with them before moving forward.
The County Council has been asked and has started the process of making Traffic Orders to introduce the safety measures as they relate to roads which join the A48 between Pont Abraham and Cross Hands.
To achieve the safety improvements on the road which is managed by the Trunk Roads Agency a number of Traffic Regulation Orders will have to be made which normally would be the preogative of the Assembly.
The Assembly is seeking the co-operation of the council as the Local Traffic Authority to make the orders on their behalf.
County executive board member for transport Philip Hughes said: “It has been claimed that the A48 has a low to medium accident record and changes to the road are unnecessary.
“However, the accident rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres for all dual carriageway roads covered by the South Wales Trunk Road Agency was 13.2 for the three-year period between 2005 and 2007.
“This figure increases to 15 for the section of A48 from Pont Abraham to Carmarthen.
“The accident rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres along the section of A48 between Pont Abraham and Cross Hands was 23.4 over the same period. That is almost double the figure for all dual carriageway roads covered by Agency.”