Roundabout way of slowing down speeding drivers
TRADERS have given a mixed reaction to new 6ft fence panels at a busy Swansea roundabout.
Swansea Council said the central reservation panels on the approaches to the Clase Road/Samlet Road roundabout, Llansamlet, encourage motorists to look ahead rather than to the right.
Council chiefs said the panels help reduce speed and prevent accidents. Similar panels are in place at the Cwmbwrla roundabout in Carmarthen Road.
But workers near the Asda roundabout with the new panels said they needed convincing.
Wendy Johnson, manager of Relaxing Heavenly Yankee Scents in Samlet Road, said: "In a way it could stop accidents, but on the reverse side it's going to cause tailbacks on the main road. It's going to be a distraction."
Dean Collier, the owner of World of aquatics, Samlet Road, said: "They've got their pros and cons. I find them a bit awkward."
Adam Williams, deputy store manager at Smyths Toys, at nearby St David's Retail Park, said he now came to a work via a different route to avoid the fence panels.
In his view the panels were "dangerous". He said: "Your vision is blocked."
But council bosses said the panels worked, as no accidents had been reported at Cwmbwrla roundabout since the work there was completed.
Referring to the Asda roundabout, council head of transport Chris Vinestock said: "Collisions have previously occurred at the site because motorists were looking right instead of looking in front of them.
"This has led to a number of rear end shunts.
"The fencing forces motorists to focus on the car in front so that if any sudden braking occurs they will be able to act more quickly."
The work is being funded via a Welsh Government annual road safety grant.
Councillor June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "Motorists travelling along Clase Road towards the roundabout tend to have very clear vision of the roundabout from a long way back and often approach the junction at high speeds.
"These traffic calming measures have been very successful elsewhere in the city where the installation of the panels has prevented any further accidents."