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road safetyMOTORISTS and pedestrians across Dyfed-Powys will benefit from increased road safety activity this summer.

Police officers are planning extra work in response to an action plan issued by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

Their work is due to feature an enhanced Operation Darwen, the region’s annual summer road safety campaign, including new neighbourhood policing activity, increased publicity and closer links with neighbouring forces South Wales and Gwent.

The campaign will also see partners remove noisy vehicles from the road.

Mr Salmon said: “I continue to stress to all relevant agencies that road safety is properly addressed. Where I can I’ll make the necessary resources available and I’m pressing the Welsh Government and others to play their part.”

The Commissioner has explained the 2014 activity to members of the public and local councillors who had told him about their concerns about A40 safety matters.

He has written to the Motorcycle Action Group and Institute of Advanced Motorists, to the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Powys County Council, Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams and Brecon and Radnorshire AM Kirsty Williams.

Mr Salmon, who hosted a public meeting in Sennybridge last summer in response to public road safety concerns, is eager to keep people updated. He said: “There’s much frustration and concern about anti-social road use across Dyfed-Powys.

“My road safety action plan focuses on road design, law enforcement and safety education. They’re the responsibility of various bodies and I am pursuing them.

“Welsh Government Transport Minister Edwina Hart has held discussions with the police and is, I believe, considering support for policing trunk roads.

“I’ve raised the matter of law enforcement with the Chief Constable and his roads policing team, with the result being an improved Operation Darwen. We’re also looking into the use of average speed cameras.”