Mid Wales

Speeding concerns over Four Crosses bypass

A £6m bypass opened in Powys last year to improve safety through a village has led to concerns about speeding.

Lorries and cars used to travel through Four Crosses, near Welshpool, but now use the new road, which opened in July.

People living nearby claim the bypass is being used like a "race track" with speeds of up to 138mph recorded, and a public meeting was held on Tuesday.

The Welsh government, which funded the road, said it was not aware of any significant speeding issues.

About 35 people, including police and local councillors, attended the public meeting in nearby Llandysilio Village Hall to discuss the 1,400m (0.8 mile) single carriageway road on the A483.

The meeting was organised by residents Wendy Beckerleg and Sue Hendry, who have formed an action group, Drive Safe Four Crosses.

Mother-of-four Ms Beckerleg said: "The bypass is a straight piece of road and some people drive along it at 80mph, 90mph, 100mph sometimes. They use it like a race track.

"After the meeting, I was speaking to a police officer who said they had caught a person driving at 138mph along the bypass and, in another incident, they couldn't catch a motorcyclist although they caught him on camera."

Dyfed-Powys Police have been asked to comment about concerns over the speeding problems.

Ms Beckerleg added: "People who live on the outskirts of the village have to drive out on to the bypass and they think it's unsafe. We think there should be warning signs to slow people down."

Ms Beckerleg said the new road had been beneficial and had improved safety through the village, but there were fears speeding motorists could cause a nasty accident on the new road.

Far safer

She also complained about the location of a zebra crossing at the entrance to Four Crosses, which she claimed was too close to a roundabout off the bypass.

A Welsh government spokesperson said: "We have received no correspondence from any local residents on this matter so we are not aware of any significant issue with speed on the new Four Crosses bypass."

Speaking last July before its opening, Transport Minister Carl Sargeant said the road would make the village far safer as thousands of cars and lorries would no longer need to travel through it.

Concerns about the volume of traffic were first raised by the local community council in 1994.

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