Rural roads ‘a cause for concern’ in south west Wales

09.51 | 27 September 2019 |

Drivers in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to participate in rural road workshops, as part of a new initiative in the county.

Figures show 26 people have been killed, and nearly 120 seriously injured, on rural roads in Carmarthenshire in the last two years.

Of the 125 serious collisions recorded between 2016 and 2018, nearly a quarter (23%) involved young drivers between the ages of 17-24 years.

The workshops, which begin on 7 October, are being organised by Carmarthenshire County Council, in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police, GoSafe, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

They will offer residents and motorists with advice and information on travelling on rural roads – as well as a voluntary driving session with a qualified instructor.

There will be a focus on the A476 from Llanelli to Cross Hands to Ffairfach – a stretch of road which has seen one fatality and five serious injuries in the last three years.

Cllr Hazel Evans, the council’s executive board member for transport, said: “A lot of work has already been done to improve the county’s road network via various road safety schemes and through educational and training initiatives, but collisions continue to occur on our rural roads. 

“This funding will help us engage with local communities to further improve road safety, by providing valuable advice and information to residents to make them safer on our rural roads.”



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