Mid and West Wales AM Joyce Watson is backing a campaign to improve road safety in Llanfair Caereinion.

20 mph signs have been installed on the A458 to slow down traffic in the town at the start and end of the school day, but campaigners are appealing for more to be done to protect children crossing the busy Pool Road and want additional displays that show drivers their speed to be fitted.

Speaking in the final debate before the Assembly’s summer break (Wednesday, July 18), Mrs Watson urged the Welsh Government to intervene. 

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Labour AM for Mid and West Wales Joyce Watson has taken the road safety campaign to the Senedd.

She said: “I’ve been contacted by Llanfair Caereinion, where schoolchildren have to cross a main road to get to and from their school and whilst local authorities are responsible in the main, we do have to look at trunk roads.”

The Labour AM was referring to the fact that Welsh Government – not councils – is responsible for major roads in Wales, A roads and motorways. The Wales Act, which came into law earlier this year, gives Welsh ministers further power to set speed limits – and regulate pedestrian crossings, school crossing and traffic signs – differently to England.

In reply to Joyce Watson, Transport Minister Ken Skates said: “We have carried out a comprehensive review of our trunk roads and as a consequence we’ve introduced our multi-year programme of establishing part-time 20-mph limits near nearly all schools on or close to our trunk roads. These operate at the start and at the end of the school day to create a safe environment for children travelling to and from school, and they also encourage behavioural change, and drive behavioural change, by motorists. 

“This programme will be completed this financial year and will cover 45 locations on our strategic road network. In Fishguard, we’ve introduced a permanent 20-mph limit on the trunk road, and, based on evidence and consultation, I’d be more than happy to consider permanent 20-mph limits elsewhere.”

Mrs Watson has written in more detail to the minister on the situation in Llanfair Caereinion.