Urgent Calls for Welsh Government to prioritise safety assessment at Penrhyndeudraeth road

24/03/2016

Plaid Cymru’s Penrhyndeudraeth Councillor, Gareth Thomas is again calling on the Welsh Government Minister for Transport to carry out an urgent safety assessment of the A487 junction near Deudraeth Garage in the town following a near miss incident at the site again recently.

Calls have already been made by Councillor Thomas to the Welsh Government calling on officials to look at the safety of pedestrians crossing the road following a road traffic collision involving a local eight year old boy back in March 2015 who was airlifted to hospital.

Local Gwynedd Councillor Gareth Thomas explains: “In this recent incident, involving a primary school pupil and a van, it was extremely fortunate that the boy walking to school was not involved in a road traffic collision. Locally we are on tenter hooks, relieved that no one was injured, but continue to be gravely concerned about this stretch of road.

“Children from three local housing estates cross at this junction to access their schools, and elderly people also use the same junction to reach the Doctor’s surgery and pharmacy in the town.

Hayden Roberts, 10, was airlifted to hospital last year following a road traffic collision on the A487 junction.  His mother Rachel Owen from Adwy Ddu in Penrhyndeudraeth said: "It was a living nightmare when we arrived at the scene to see our son involved in this road traffic collision that day - every parent's worst fear. Thankfully, Hayden was exremely fortunante that he had no long lasting injuries.

"We were so grateful to the local community, the school and especially the Air Ambulance staff and the hospital for their support.  We fully support our local Councillor's calls for immediate action to be taken by the Welsh Government to ensure safety on that road, especially as another child was involved in a near miss there in recent weeks."

Cllr Thomas continued: “As a community we already feel fortunate that Hadyen did not receive any serious injuries from the collision last year. This latest incident heightens our fears and we urgently require a community safety assessment carried out by the Welsh Government.

"I am again calling on Edwina Hart, the Minister and her team to prioritse this strech of road especially as Gwynedd Council is undertaking a review of the safe routes to school in the towna and this crossing point is an integral part of those routes.  The Council has already submitted a Welsh Government bid to the "Safe Routes in Communities" Fund for improvements.

“Locally, we would urgently request an assessment be carried out as soon as possible, with any action prioritised and co-ordinated via the Safe Routes in the community work. We can not afford to wait for another incident at this stretch of road,” Councillor Thomas concluded.