Early start to ease school route congestion
WORK could start in this spring to help overcome traffic and parking problems at Dewi Sant and Penygaer Schools, Llanelli.
School runs times have been plagued with traffic congestion problems and safety issues with irresponsible drivers jamming the Bryndulais Avenue cul de sac route to the school off Heol Goffa.
A Safe Routes in the Community bid was been submitted several years ago to the Assembly which forms part of the Dafen and Felinfoel scheme.
Funding has been received for years one and two and Carmarthenshire Council engineering officers who designed the bid anticipate they will be successful acquiring funding for year three.
The level of funding is not known, although a WAG announcement is expected shortly.
County executive board member for transport Cllr Philip Hughes said: “If sufficient grant funding become available it would be possible to start work on improving pedestrian access to the schools early in the new financial year from April 1st.
“The scheme will involve the provision of a safe crossing on Heol Goffa near the Lliedi river bridge. An opening will be made in the fence just to the east of the bridge and a new path created. This should reduce car usage on the access to the two schools along Bryndulais Avenue.”
At a recent meeting with interested stakeholders discussion took place around the possible provision of a car park on the other side of the river to further ease traffic congestion issues.
Neither the WAG or Safe Routes cash can be used to fund car parks as the aim of this money is solely to provide safe routes and thereby encourage more sustainable transport choices like walking and cycling.
A check of the date base of school pupils show the majority of those attending the schools lie within the Assembly guideline distances for walking to school
However, county officers have suggested scalpings could be used to form a parking area on the other side of the bridge. Permission has to be sought from Environment Agency as the ground on the north side of the river lies on the flood plain.