Plaid Cymru MS Cefin Campbell has called on the Welsh Government to bring forward plans to improve the safety of the A40 between Carmarthen and St. Clears.
The Plaid MS raised the issue with First Minister Mark Drakeford in the Senedd last week (Wednesday, July 7th 2021).
The A40 between Carmarthen to St Clears is regarded as one of Wales' most dangerous roads.
Data shows that between January 2010 and August 2019 there were 359 road traffic collisions. More than a quarter of those resulted in injuries, with two deaths.
The same stretch of road has seen two other incidents over the past year with the deaths of a 20-year-old man in September 2020 and a 37-year-old female police officer in February this year.
Local residents have long campaigned for safety improvements, but as of yet, none have been delivered.
Cefin Campbell stated:
“This is a particularly dangerous stretch of road. The statistics speak for themselves, but behind those statistics lie tragic stories of families that have been shattered after losing loved ones.
“Something must be done to improve the situation, to try to prevent similar incidents in the future. Clearly this includes looking at changing the speed limit and closing junctions and lay-bys among other options.
“The Welsh Government have recently started looking at this area, and have completed a WelTAG (Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance) Phase 1 study and this is to be welcomed. However, the study had been delayed for a number of reasons, and the Welsh Government needs to ensure that there are no further delays.
“After years of campaigning on the issue, local residents want to see changes implemented. Following the further tragic losses experienced this year, people are desperate for change now. The Welsh Government needs to ensure that this is a priority, and need to outline a clear timeline of when we can expect to see plans being proposed and implemented.”