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Whitchurch road prompts safety concerns despite work

RESIDENTS continue to be concerned about the safety of a Whitchurch road despite Cardiff council carrying out a series of improvements there.

Whitchurch Police and Communities Together group had complained that Pendwyallt Road was unsafe but the city council disagreed as there had been no deaths in accidents.

But, through a Freedom of Information request, the leader of Whitchurch PACT Janice Hughes, found there had been 40 incidents on the road from 2011 to 2016.

According to the South Wales Police statistics there had been only 17 incidents in the previous five years.

The timing on the lights has been altered.

The timing on the lights has been altered.

In August, Whitchurch PACT and local councillors, agreed that changes were needed and the council agreed to cut back a hedge, reposition a Children Crossing sign and change the timing of the crossing lights.

The council also plans to look at the crossing close to Pantmawr Road once the nearby Hollybush pub has completed its own changes.

Matt Wakelam, head of infrastructure and operations, said: “The council is aware that the pub may change the use of the car park adjacent to Pantmawr Road to an extension and fenced beer garden.

“This may support improved crossing in this location closer to the junction and even funding for a zebra via planning gain.”

The Hollybush pub, where a new crossing may be installed.

The Hollybush pub, where a new crossing may be installed.

There are also plans for a driver feedback sign to be placed between Coryton interchange and Whitworth Square to help drivers improve awareness of their speed.

Ms Hughes was pleased with progress but still has some concerns.

“My greatest worry is that changes like drivers feedback sign along with other promised improvement like the crossing on Pantmawr road will be pencilled in for the new financial year, in April.

“In May we have council elections and these improvements will take a back seat and maybe this time next year I will be having the same conversation.”

Matt Wakelam said that the drivers feedback sign would be installed shortly, but could not provide an actual date.

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