Residents hope for end to their lorry hell
RESIDENTS in a Swansea street are waiting to see if the council has the right signs to end their heavy lorry torment.
People living along Pentre Mawr Road claim their lives are being affected by heavy good vehicles using the area as a rat run when the road is not suited to such large vehicles.
There are three signs situated around the area suggesting that the route is not suitable for vehicles above 7.5 tonnes but there is a question mark over whether the signs are enforceable or not. Residents claim the vehicles cause noise and pollution, break up the road and could be a safety hazard as the road goes past Pentrehafod Comprehensive School.
At a recent Pact meeting the neighbourhood police team said it was waiting to see if the signs were enforceable before taking action.
Councillor Mike White said: "Myself and Councillor Beverley Hopkins are behind the local residents and are working with the highways department to get the right measures in place."
Mr White added that the road had began to crumble but the council had since carried out repairs.
He also praised a Welsh Government scheme which had adopted a 20mph speed limit along the road.
Any action can not come too soon for resident Lynn Evans who said: "We first went to the Guildhall about the volume of traffic in Pentre Mawr Road in 1994 and it's still a rat run.
"I hear the lorries at 5am going over the speed bumps and they wake me up. It's constant."
Neighbour John Hosking said lorries turned off Llangyfelach Road when they clearly should not.
"There's a sign by the Three Feathers Inn telling them to go straight on but they ignore it. The street is getting destroyed and the noise is terrible. It is also a school road and is dangerous during the school run."
And George Pike added: "I have even shouted at drivers saying they are not supposed to use the road but they shout back, 'Where's the signs?'"
When the matter was raised at a Hafod Pact meeting PCSO Martin Wilkins said the signs that were originally there were not enforceable.
And police constable Edwards added that there had to be legislation put in place to enforce them.
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "Vehicles weighing more than seven and a half tonnes should only be using Pentre Mawr Road for access to areas like Neath Road when they're making deliveries and pick-ups.
"Vehicles of that size shouldn't be using Pentre Mawr Road for any other reason. Enforcement is a matter for the police but we are reviewing signage, monitoring the issue and discussing the matter with the police to see what more can be done."
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