WORK is due to start on a major new transport scheme in Ammanford which will help to ease congestion and support wider regeneration plans.
The scheme to improve the Wind Street / Tirydail Lane junction will see the traffic lights replaced with a new roundabout.
It also involves the widening of the approach to the junction from the Carregamman car park roundabout along William Walker Way.
Initial works are due to start along William Walker Way on Monday (Feb 12) and are due to be completed by mid-April with the construction of the roundabout to follow.
BT will also be carrying out advanced works across the Tirydail Lane side of the junction for three nights starting on Monday, February 19 which will involve a closure of the junction from 7pm to 12 midnight. Diversionary signs will be in place.
The works are being carried out on behalf of the council by Alun Griffiths (Construction) Ltd and the scheme is scheduled for completion by December 2018.
Disruption will be kept to a minimum as much as possible and advance notice signs are being put in place to advise the public. Griffiths have also appointed a public liaison officer as a point of contact for local residents and businesses and are distributing letters to all those affected.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The scheme will help to ease traffic congestion at the Wind Street trunk road / Tirydail Lane junction, particularly during peak times; and is a key element of the Ammanford regeneration plans.
“Every effort will be made to minimise the disruption that these works may cause and regular updates will be published to advise the public and residents of progress.”
The council has received a grant of £865,000 from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund 2017/18 towards the scheme; and a further £120,000 was carried forward from the Local Transport Fund 2016/17 to assist with land acquisition.
Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “I am confident this grant will address congestion issues and support economic regeneration aspirations of this area. In total Welsh Government have invested £31.4 million to local authorities across Wales for schemes to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.”
The scheme includes:
• Extension of the designated left turn lane on the A474 to the existing mini roundabout
• Removal of the existing signalised junction
• New compact roundabout with contrasting central overrun area, centre island and associated entry realignments
• New kerb alignments and carriageway widening
• New signalised pedestrian crossings on all four arms of the roundabout
• Associated footway realignments, pedestrian guardrails and tactile paving crossings
• New road signage and road markings
• New street lighting
• New surface water drainage infrastructure and remedial measures to the existing system
• Resurfacing of the existing carriageway on all approaches
• Utility disconnections and diversions
Drink driver hospitalised and arrested
A MAN who was hospitalised after crashing his car on the B4310, Drefach, has also been arrested for drink driving.
The crash, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning (Feb 18), destroyed the Mercedes he was driving.
He hit a van which was parked outside of a property, which was also damaged.
Dyfed-Powys Police, Welsh Ambulance Service, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service personnel attended the scene.
A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to reports of a road traffic collision at 12.50am on Sunday morning on the B4310 in Drefach.
“We sent crews from Pontyates and Tumble at the scene and one male was cut out of a car using hydraulic cutting equipment and taken to hospital.”
‘Connecting Carmarthenshire’ campaign takes a leap forward
EFFORTS to improve the availability of high speed internet and good mobile phone signal took a leap forward this week as EE sets about switching on new mobile phone masts and launches its 4G Home Broadband solution.
Representatives of EE came to Carmarthenshire this weekend to meet with Member of Parliament, Jonathan Edwards and Assembly Member, Adam Price who have led a ‘Connecting Carmarthenshire’ campaign.
Their meeting, which took place near the site of one of two new mobile phone masts near Abergorlech, focused on the upgrades and improvements the company is undertaking across rural Carmarthenshire, with a particular focus on EE’s new 4G Home Broadband solution which can provide superfast broadband via an antenna on the house – a solution EE says could help around 580,000 homes nationwide gain access to high speed connectivity.
The Plaid Cymru politicians said the new improved mobile signal was itself “a big advancement”, but said the launch of the 4G antenna was “a leap forward” for connecting rural Carmarthenshire communities.
Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards said: “It was a pleasure to welcome EE to Carmarthenshire and continue our discussions on improving connectivity in rural Wales. One new mast will be switched on in Abergorlech in a matter of weeks, with another new mast for the Llansawel region with us later in the year.
“These new masts add to the 27 4G upgrades EE has carried out to existing sites in Carmarthenshire over the last 12 months, providing better coverage for rural communities including Llanybydder, Pencader and Llanarthne, adding to the upgrades from other mobile phone giants across the county.
“Perhaps the most impressive news this week is the launch of EE’s Home Broadband solution which, with the use of a small antenna on the home, can bring superfast broadband to the house. This looks like it could be the answer for many properties which have been left behind during the fixed line upgrades, or where they can only receive slower fixed broadband speeds.
“It’s not for an elected representative to promote a particular private company, but where there appears to be a solution for so many properties to get high speed internet, I have no problem in promoting the product – particularly because when it was trialed it delivered speeds over 100Mbps! This is a giant leap forward.
“Connecting Carmarthenshire is really starting to see positive results, but I’ll keep on working to ensure everyone I represent achieves good connectivity.”
Assembly Member Adam Price said: “The new sites in the Abergorlech area are the latest in a long time of upgrades in recent months, with the added bonus of those mobile signals being used for superfast internet in the home.
“Given that various grants for broadband solutions are available from the Welsh Government, we believe those who can’t get access to fixed broadband connections or receive a glacial pace connection may well be able to receive a grant to have products like 4G Home Broadband installed at their homes.
“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in a grant to cover the costs of delivering a step change in their broadband speeds to visit the Welsh Government’s website to check eligibility, or contact Jonathan and I where we can send information to them directly.
“More and more people across our Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency are seeing the benefits of good mobile phone signal and much faster broadband. We’ve still got a little way to go, but local residents are seeing big advancements. We’re delighted the Connecting Carmarthenshire campaign is delivering tangible results for the county.”
On the launch of EE’s 4G Home Broadband solution, Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing, EE said: “As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities. Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time – whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series.”
4.4 magnitude earthquake felt across Wales
AN earthquake of 4.4 magnitude has been felt across Wales and England this afternoon (Feb 17).
There are numerous reports of the earthquake being felt across west Wales, including Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
The earthquake originated near Swansea, where it is was felt strongest, at around 2:30pm.
However, the earthquake was felt across Wales, and many parts of England.
The EMSC, an independent monitor of earthquakes, said: “Latest update of the effects of the
#earthquake in #Swansea region. Was felt up to 300 km from epicentre.”
Dyfed-Powys Police received many reports about the incident, but said that there was no need for concern, and that they felt it themselves in their control room.
The police force said: “We are receiving an extremely high call volume reporting some sort of earth tremor in the area – we are receiving reports from across the whole of Wales (we felt it in our control room too!). For now – it is unexplained – but there is nothing to worry about.”
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