Nash Fingerpost accident blackspot roadworks likely to last until August

Milford Mercury: Traffic congestion at the roadworks. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney. Traffic congestion at the roadworks. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney.

SAFETY improvements being made to an accident blackspot in south Pembrokeshire are expected to cause traffic disruption until August.

The South Wales Trunk Roads Agency has begun work to improve the A477/A4075 Nash fingerpost junction, which has been the subject of safety concerns in the past.

The central reservation will be widened to provide additional stacking space for turning vehicles. Three-way lights are in operation at the junction.

In February 2012, the Western Telegraph reported that the trunk agency was to look at the safety of the junction, where two people had died the previous year.

The move to review the layout of the Nash fingerpost junction, the turning for Pembroke off the A477, was welcomed by south Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart at the time.

Mr Hart had lobbied the Welsh Government on behalf of worried residents and Welsh Transport Minister Carl Sergeant has instructed the SWTRA to undertake an “assessment of the performance of the junction."

Speaking in 2012, Mr Hart said: “There is a refuge island in the middle of the road but apparently this is a “ghost refuge” and is only supposed to be used by cars travelling from Pembroke Dock towards Carew who want to turn right to Pembroke.

"If you are turning across the traffic to go from Pembroke to Carew then you are supposed to make the manoeuvre in one go but it just isn’t possible as it’s such a busy road – you’d be waiting there all day.”

A Welsh Government spokesman confirmed the three-way lights will be removed during public holiday periods to avoid traffic congestion.

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3:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Andrew Lye says...

I assumed they were making a roundabout there....
That would surely have been the best solution.
They seem to hate roundabouts in Pembrokeshire. I don't understand why.
I assumed they were making a roundabout there.... That would surely have been the best solution. They seem to hate roundabouts in Pembrokeshire. I don't understand why. Andrew Lye
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5:24pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Gwallgof says...

Why will this take so long? Working 10am - 3pm 4 days a week no doubt. Should be done at night for the few days that the job really takes not this massive disruption and inconvenience to everyone.
Why will this take so long? Working 10am - 3pm 4 days a week no doubt. Should be done at night for the few days that the job really takes not this massive disruption and inconvenience to everyone. Gwallgof
  • Score: 10

6:31pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Tttoommy says...

Council doing their best to destroy tourism in the area again?
Council doing their best to destroy tourism in the area again? Tttoommy
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Rockface says...

Andrew Lye wrote:
I assumed they were making a roundabout there....
That would surely have been the best solution.
They seem to hate roundabouts in Pembrokeshire. I don't understand why.
I agree… it's so dangerous when you need to turn right coming out of Pembroke… but then the powers above do not have any common sense!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Lye[/bold] wrote: I assumed they were making a roundabout there.... That would surely have been the best solution. They seem to hate roundabouts in Pembrokeshire. I don't understand why.[/p][/quote]I agree… it's so dangerous when you need to turn right coming out of Pembroke… but then the powers above do not have any common sense! Rockface
  • Score: 4

11:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

PDBlue says...

Your right about the timing, 2 weeks ago they closed lanes and diverted traffic at night on Merlin's Bridge roundabout, started at 20:00 and road opened by 7 am. The trench stretched from McDonald's to the centre kerb. Amazing, what goes on in the County ****, sorry town.
Your right about the timing, 2 weeks ago they closed lanes and diverted traffic at night on Merlin's Bridge roundabout, started at 20:00 and road opened by 7 am. The trench stretched from McDonald's to the centre kerb. Amazing, what goes on in the County ****, sorry town. PDBlue
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