Ammanford roads are getting safer
ROADS in Ammanford are set to get safer following the news that more 20mph zones will be introduced.
Ammanford councillors have revealed that the lower speed limit will be brought to various areas in the town including Church Street, Union Street, Y Gorsedde, Brynmawr Crescent and Avenue, Walter Road, Margaret Street, Oakfield Terrace and Myddynfyddfach.
Town and county councillor and executive board member for engineering and transport services for Carmarthenshire Council, Colin Evans, said: "This is as a result of requests that were made to myself at various surgeries."
Following Mr Evans's proactive approach to concerns orders have now been issued for 20mph zones in Myddynfyddfach, Ammanford.
The total cost of the project is £12,000, with £6,000 coming from developer's 106 money matched with £6,000 from the authority's internal budgets.
Mr Evans said: "With five schools and playgrounds in the area we have driven this initiative to introduce 20mph zones about Church Street, Union Street, Y Gorsedde, Brynmawr Crescent and Avenue, Walter Road, Margaret Street and Oakfield Terrace.
"There is overwhelming support for this initiative. I know householders in Heol Llwyd have been particularly concerned at cars speeding through the community, especially with a play area nearby.
"I have to commend the transport officers who listen to members, communicate with communities and design programmes that attract more money than any other areas of Wales from Welsh Government for safe routes in the communities schemes."
Mr Evans said he was pleased with the news that the gateway 20mph signs would be placed in the various areas in Ammanford.
"I am sure this will be very appreciated by all of the residents," he added.
Other areas in Ammanford are also set to benefit from traffic calming following safety concerns raised by residents.
Ammanford town and county councillor Deian Harries said: "I have been pushing to get more traffic calming here."
Mr Harries said speed limits in Margaret Street and Church Street were set to be reduced to 20mph, with new speed signs being added to the roads in this financial year.
The 20mph zoning is part of a county-wide measure and there has been a substantial reduction in death, serious and slight injury accidents with the council recording better reducing accident toll statistics than any part of Wales.
During the summer holidays youngsters in the town helped drivers to slow down by supporting a road safety campaign to ensure the message that speeding kills hit home.
When drivers were stopped, the children, who were working with the police, would say 'your speeding could kill me'.
Traffic orders for the 20mph zones in central Ammanford have been applied for and any objections must be received by the county council in writing by October 4.