- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Dangerous road layouts in Pembrokeshire could be changed after a Labour AM warned that they could cost lives.
The three-lane road layout on Arnolds Hill on the A40 in Pembrokeshire is being reviewed after local Labour AM Joyce Watson raised safety concerns with the Minister for Transport and Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones.
Joyce Watson met the Minister to warn that the existing layout provides insufficient warning to drivers ahead of two lanes merging.
The Minister said he fully agreed with her about maximising safety and taking account of existing problems when improving roads, and that he agreed to review the existing road markings at these locations to see if any improvements can be implemented.
Joyce Watson AM said:
“The current three-lane system is dangerous; I myself have been overtaken at speed a number of times when the lanes merge.
“The road has no defined signage that lets the driver know they are about to run out of road, other than a sign that says the road is narrowing. This appears when it is far too late to take corrective action if the driver is travelling at speed, which is often the case.
“This is a tourist area and we want to keep our visiting families safe.”
“I welcome the decision to look at the road’s layout, and I look forward to the conclusion of the review. It is clear that there are better road layouts being used elsewhere and the lives of the people who use the Arnold’s Hill road should no longer be placed at risk.”