Politicians have called for action to be taken on improving trunk roads in Powys after two serious crashes on one stretch just days apart.

A man has been charged with drink driving following a crash which happened on a road between Dolfor and Llanbadarn Fynydd last week.

The A483 road between Dolfor and Llanbadarn Fynydd was closed for almost 12 hours following the crash at around 6.20am on Wednesday, July 27.

One person was airlifted to hospital and another person was taken to hospital by ambulance following the crash.

A 27-year-old man, who has not been named by police, has been bailed to attend Welshpool Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 16.

He has also been bailed pending further enquiries after being arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

But the force has also now appealed for witnesses after another serious crash on Saturday, July 30, between an ambulance and a motorcycle.

That incident, at about 10.25am, left the passenger on the bike with serious injuries that saw them airlifted to hospital.

The collision led to a section of the A483 being closed for several hours.

Now politicians have called for projects to be considered that could make the main routes through Powys safer.

“We do have a high number of accidents on Powys roads, and sadly some that are fatal,” said Montgomeryshire MS Russell George.

“I have raised the stretch of road between Dolfor and Llanbadarn Fynydd with the Minister and asked for details of the latest road review for this stretch of road and have asked the Minister to explore options to make the road safer given the number of recent accidents.”

Karl Lewis, Powys County Council’s ward councillor for Llandinam and Dolfor, where both crashes occurred, backed the calls for road improvements.

The Conservative councillor said: “I would welcome changes if we could see any infrastructure to dramatically improve road safety. Both the A483 and A470, the main arteries of mid Wales, need huge investment to improve road safety standards.”

He suggested projects such as road straightening, dual carriageway sections, safe overtaking lanes, and sections that can release congestion as ways to tackle the issues on the county’s main roads.

Following Saturday’s crash, Dyfed Powys Police issued a statement which said: “Dyfed Powys Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A483 Llanbister to Camnant in Powys.

“Officers were called to the collision involving an ambulance and a motorcycle at about 10.25am.

“A passenger on the motorbike suffered serious injuries in the crash.

“The road was closed and reopened at 6.30pm.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed to the collision, or anyone with dashcam footage from the collision, or either of the vehicles shortly before, to get in touch.”

Officers are appealing for information regarding the incidents, asking anyone with to report it online, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101.