Speed limit concern for parents outside Amman Valley primary school
THERE are calls for traffic calming measures outside an Amman Valley primary school.
Tycroes county councillor Calum Higgins said parents were worried about parking issues and the speed of cars outside Tycroes Community Primary School.
He said there was a need for a pedestrian crossing and a 20mph speed limit on Pontarddulais Road.
Mr Higgins and Llanedi Community Council have contacted the South Wales Trunk Road Agency, who are responsible for the road, to request the measures.
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The agency told Llanedi Community Council last year that there would be no crossings assessment of the road for a year and that traffic speeds outside the school were slow, due to congestion and cars parking on the main road.
But Mr Higgins has said there is a need for the crossing and speed limit outside the school because there is less congestion on the road since a new car park and drop-off point opened.
He said he had written to the Trunk Road Agency outlining his concerns.
He said: "Everyone in Tycroes thinks there should be a crossing on the main road, and there is a consensus that there should be a 20mph limit around school hours. I'm appalled that they haven't even bothered to answer my letters on the issue."
Mr Higgins hopes the Welsh Government can help his campaign, with ministers now encouraging 20mph zones outside schools, along with guidance which suggests there should be 20mph zones around schools on trunk roads.
He added: "With the Assembly on the side of safety, South Wales Trunk Road Agency should have to explain why they think a 20mph zone isn't needed.
"Most people would be happy with one around school hours, and a return to normal speeds in holidays and evenings."
A Welsh Government spokesperson said as part of the improvements carried out to the frontage of Tycroes school by Carmarthenshire Council, two uncontrolled crossing points have been provided on the trunk road.
They added: "A bid for a crossing assessment has been included for 2013/14 and this will include re-examining the speed limits outside the school.
"This bid, along with others across the trunk road network, will be considered in due course by the Welsh Government.
"An earlier speed review of the road outside Tycroes School did not recommend that the speed limit should be lowered."