Ynystawe roundabout driving white van man around the bend
A WHITE van man has labelled the M4 junction 45 roundabout in Ynystawe the worst around due to drivers ignoring road markings and jumping lanes.
Roy Thomas, of Penllegaer, who covers tens of thousands of miles each year making deliveries has called on road users to obey the marking before there is an accident.
He said: “I drive 25,000 miles plus a year and its by far the worst roundabout I have come across.
“People are just not adhering to the road markings.
“Somebody could be injured and people could see their insurance claims affected because of other people’s negligence.”
Mr Thomas said that the problem was centred at the bottom of the slip road that exits the east-bound section of the motorway and offers drivers the option of turning immediately left for the Swansea Valley or going around the roundabout to access the route into Swansea or Morriston.
He said: “For some reason road users travelling from the M4 towards Swansea fail to observe the signs and road lane markers, when using lane two on the slip road they switch to lane three on the roundabout instead of the designated lane four.
“This causes the drivers from lane one of the slip road to either swerve or brake suddenly to avoid a collision.
“I would like to say to all users of the Ynysforgan roundabout please take a look at the signs and follow the lane markers they are there for a reason not just to use up left over paint.”
Mr Thomas laid the blame on a new roundabout layout in which the two slip road lanes merge into the four lanes on the roundabout had changed causing problems.
“They have changed the layout within the last year so that may be confusing some people,” he said.
“Previously you could only use the outside slip lane to go to Swansea, the inside lane was just for turning left to Clydach, but they were queuing right back onto the M4.
“They should put a sign up saying new road layout ahead.”
A Swansea Council spokesperson said: “We are currently reviewing the way traffic operates at the roundabout off Junction 45. All feedback we receive will be taken on board and assessed.”