New safety signs set to make Aberystwyth safer
Posted by Ben Alexander
Police and the local council are hoping that the erection of new safety signs in Aberystwyth will help to safeguard the wellbeing of locals and visitors alike and reduce the number of accidents taking place in the town.
The signs have been erected on Great Darkgate Street, informing road users that the maximum speed limit in the area is now 20 mph, and that those caught exceeding this will be subject to a fine and even points on their licence.
Cambrian News reported that the new signs effectively mean the high street is now the only trunk road in Ceredigion which has a 20mph speed limit.
It comes after fears about pedestrian safety in Great Darkgate Street were expressed following the removal of a pelican crossing close to the area's Post Office, which critics argued left pedestrians with nowhere to cross the road safely, and so potentially put them at risk.
The issue was escalated to Edwina Hart, the Welsh Government’s minister for economy, science and transport, by local member Ceredig Davies, who was subsequently informed that a new 20mph speed limit had been introduced to protect pedestrians and road users alike.
The safety sign has been situated in Bridge Street in order to cover the stretch of road reaching as far the corner where Barclays Bank is located, after which it reverts to 30mph.
"In order to maintain safety at this location while we develop a permanent solution, a temporary 20 mph speed limit has been introduced," Ms Hart was reported as saying by the news provider.
"In addition, we are investigating the feasibility of providing a temporary light-controlled crossing," she added, suggesting that if the new crossing is provided, using traffic lights to control the movement of pedestrians, it is likely to resemble the former crossing, which was removed.
The move has not been universally popular, however, with Councillor Davies saying the 20mph plan arguably poses more questions than it answers.
"In proposing the introduction of a 20mph speed limit, they acknowledge that there is a safety issue - so why take the crossing down in the first place?” he added.
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