Work begins on £8m Bulford Road upgrades

Councillor Lewis is pictured with Peter Evans, operations director for Alun Griffiths and Craig Cooley for consultants, Atkins.

Councillor Lewis is pictured with Peter Evans, operations director for Alun Griffiths and Craig Cooley for consultants, Atkins.

First published in News

Work has started on the long-awaiting Bulford Road improvement scheme in Johnston.

The £8 million project – jointly funded by Pembrokeshire County Council and the Welsh Government (WEFO) - upgrades the busy single-track link road between Johnston and Tiers Cross.

It will also reduce the number of heavy lorries driving through Milford town centre.

The first sod was ceremoniously cut on Friday (6th June) by the County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Councillor Rob Lewis.

He said the upgrade was important for the health of the local economy.

The contractor is Alun Griffiths Limited and work will last around 12 months.

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9:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Welshman23 says...

Mr Lewis back in the limelight after his suspension. £8 million pounds seems a lot of money as this road has been like this for many years.
Can someone explain what road works are taking place atFinger post on the Pembroke Dock to Carew road.
Mr Lewis back in the limelight after his suspension. £8 million pounds seems a lot of money as this road has been like this for many years. Can someone explain what road works are taking place atFinger post on the Pembroke Dock to Carew road. Welshman23
  • Score: 2

9:54pm Fri 6 Jun 14

mayday says...

Why now? For the last 40 years heavy lorries (aka road tankers) have travelled through Milford or taken this route to get to the refineries and then suddenly funding appears. For sure £8M passing into the local economy via the pay packets of the local workforce will be welcome but its just for a year. Where are the long term investments in our county? Why isn't PCC working to develop the old mine depot buildings as a Ocean Energy Research Facility (like the £9M one just opened in Edinburgh) and watersports centre? That could support many more jobs and businesses than this new 2 mile stretch of tarmac.
Why now? For the last 40 years heavy lorries (aka road tankers) have travelled through Milford or taken this route to get to the refineries and then suddenly funding appears. For sure £8M passing into the local economy via the pay packets of the local workforce will be welcome but its just for a year. Where are the long term investments in our county? Why isn't PCC working to develop the old mine depot buildings as a Ocean Energy Research Facility (like the £9M one just opened in Edinburgh) and watersports centre? That could support many more jobs and businesses than this new 2 mile stretch of tarmac. mayday
  • Score: 8

11:21am Sat 7 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

Or help save our hospital and services. what about the 80 million the WG is spending in Swansea area new boulevard no one wants..my cousin there is going nuts over the waste of money and the new race track 240 million or something like that...someone put me right if I am wrong!!...but where has all this money come from....when we are supposed to be in a period of austerity. We need this money spending on essential services...I know the infrastructure is important...but please...whats going on?
Or help save our hospital and services. what about the 80 million the WG is spending in Swansea area new boulevard no one wants..my cousin there is going nuts over the waste of money and the new race track 240 million or something like that...someone put me right if I am wrong!!...but where has all this money come from....when we are supposed to be in a period of austerity. We need this money spending on essential services...I know the infrastructure is important...but please...whats going on? Gogledd
  • Score: 4

8:33pm Sat 7 Jun 14

chizy says...

So the first sod was ceremoniously cut on Friday (6th June) by the County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Councillor Rob Lewis?
Would it be naughty to say "it takes one to know one"? Ooooo, scathing!
On a serious note, I'm sure there are better and more sensible ways to spend £8 million in the county. Sorry no prizes for guessing where I'm afraid.
Ah well people of Pembs, onwards and upwards.
So the first sod was ceremoniously cut on Friday (6th June) by the County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Councillor Rob Lewis? Would it be naughty to say "it takes one to know one"? Ooooo, scathing! On a serious note, I'm sure there are better and more sensible ways to spend £8 million in the county. Sorry no prizes for guessing where I'm afraid. Ah well people of Pembs, onwards and upwards. chizy
  • Score: 2

10:20pm Sat 7 Jun 14

teifion says...

Maybe a certain young Porsche driver thinks the roads to narrow for his new motor and has complained ? ;-)

That would make sense as no one has given a darn about even huger tankers going down the road for decades and decades
Maybe a certain young Porsche driver thinks the roads to narrow for his new motor and has complained ? ;-) That would make sense as no one has given a darn about even huger tankers going down the road for decades and decades teifion
  • Score: 2

11:45pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bilbo101 says...

teifion wrote:
Maybe a certain young Porsche driver thinks the roads to narrow for his new motor and has complained ? ;-)

That would make sense as no one has given a darn about even huger tankers going down the road for decades and decades
I think he works at the refinery across the water, the old Texaco refinery, but I get your point. If this road was such an issue then why has it not been done in the last 40 years since there has been a refinery on the Murco site. I don't see how this road is going to make much difference to the journey and I don't see what the big problem is of them driving through the main road that runs through Milford, it's big enough, so why not.

This £8 Million could be spent on 101 other schemes that would deliver real tangible benefits to the people rather than build a massive road that looks like it is going to be redundant before it has even been built. Unfortunately the future of refining at Murco is not looking rosy, especially as apparently the site has been losing money for the last few years and also that there is a over-supply of refining facilities in the UK. The site has been on the market for a few years with no takers and that says to me that investors do not see it as viable.

On another point it looks like a bit of a plum job being a councillor, spend a large part of the day out on a jolly photo shoot whilst you spend the rest of the day agreeing with whatever Jamie "And The Magic Torch" Adams and the rest of the IP Boys Club want you to agree with, and as a bonus you get paid a nice big wodge for not doing a lot really, sounds brilliant, who wouldn't want to be a councillor ;-)
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: Maybe a certain young Porsche driver thinks the roads to narrow for his new motor and has complained ? ;-) That would make sense as no one has given a darn about even huger tankers going down the road for decades and decades[/p][/quote]I think he works at the refinery across the water, the old Texaco refinery, but I get your point. If this road was such an issue then why has it not been done in the last 40 years since there has been a refinery on the Murco site. I don't see how this road is going to make much difference to the journey and I don't see what the big problem is of them driving through the main road that runs through Milford, it's big enough, so why not. This £8 Million could be spent on 101 other schemes that would deliver real tangible benefits to the people rather than build a massive road that looks like it is going to be redundant before it has even been built. Unfortunately the future of refining at Murco is not looking rosy, especially as apparently the site has been losing money for the last few years and also that there is a over-supply of refining facilities in the UK. The site has been on the market for a few years with no takers and that says to me that investors do not see it as viable. On another point it looks like a bit of a plum job being a councillor, spend a large part of the day out on a jolly photo shoot whilst you spend the rest of the day agreeing with whatever Jamie "And The Magic Torch" Adams and the rest of the IP Boys Club want you to agree with, and as a bonus you get paid a nice big wodge for not doing a lot really, sounds brilliant, who wouldn't want to be a councillor ;-) Bilbo101
  • Score: 7

11:06am Sun 8 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

All good comments. You are most prob right...it will be useless or redundant by the time its finished...all things point to Milford Haven. Maybe its going to used for off shore gas or whatever they eventually end up doing and thats why they need better transport. but as everyone say why now, whats the rush after all this time.other things are more important to spend money on. Brown envelopes I suspect lol.
All good comments. You are most prob right...it will be useless or redundant by the time its finished...all things point to Milford Haven. Maybe its going to used for off shore gas or whatever they eventually end up doing and thats why they need better transport. but as everyone say why now, whats the rush after all this time.other things are more important to spend money on. Brown envelopes I suspect lol. Gogledd
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Andrew Lye says...

Coming from England and living in Johnston, I was gobsmacked that the existing road was not upgraded as part of the permission to build the refinery, funded by the owner.
As its a dangerous road, I cannot understand why Dyfed CC or Pembs CC had not put a weight limit on the road.... DECADES ago.
But then I think .....nothing surprises me....
Coming from England and living in Johnston, I was gobsmacked that the existing road was not upgraded as part of the permission to build the refinery, funded by the owner. As its a dangerous road, I cannot understand why Dyfed CC or Pembs CC had not put a weight limit on the road.... DECADES ago. But then I think .....nothing surprises me.... Andrew Lye
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Sun 8 Jun 14

teifion says...

Welshman23 wrote:
Mr Lewis back in the limelight after his suspension. £8 million pounds seems a lot of money as this road has been like this for many years.
Can someone explain what road works are taking place atFinger post on the Pembroke Dock to Carew road.
whatever is happening there I suggest the "groundworks" are greater than IF theywere constructing the M4 there, I'm sure someone is being recompensed for ALL that extra work rather like the work off that road towards Pembroke !
[quote][p][bold]Welshman23[/bold] wrote: Mr Lewis back in the limelight after his suspension. £8 million pounds seems a lot of money as this road has been like this for many years. Can someone explain what road works are taking place atFinger post on the Pembroke Dock to Carew road.[/p][/quote]whatever is happening there I suggest the "groundworks" are greater than IF theywere constructing the M4 there, I'm sure someone is being recompensed for ALL that extra work rather like the work off that road towards Pembroke ! teifion
  • Score: 1

9:19am Mon 9 Jun 14

Gogledd says...

Andrew Lye wrote:
Coming from England and living in Johnston, I was gobsmacked that the existing road was not upgraded as part of the permission to build the refinery, funded by the owner.
As its a dangerous road, I cannot understand why Dyfed CC or Pembs CC had not put a weight limit on the road.... DECADES ago.
But then I think .....nothing surprises me....
Nothing suprises me either..most of it "beggars belief"
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Lye[/bold] wrote: Coming from England and living in Johnston, I was gobsmacked that the existing road was not upgraded as part of the permission to build the refinery, funded by the owner. As its a dangerous road, I cannot understand why Dyfed CC or Pembs CC had not put a weight limit on the road.... DECADES ago. But then I think .....nothing surprises me....[/p][/quote]Nothing suprises me either..most of it "beggars belief" Gogledd
  • Score: 2

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