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Urgent redesign called for at Tenby’s notorious accident blackspot

An accident waiting to happen is how one of Tenby’s busiest roundabouts has been branded by local residents.

Now, in a long overdue effort to improve safety measures on Greenhill Road, pressure is being put on Pembrokeshire County Council to instigate a thorough redesign of the mini-roundabout at the bottom of Greenhill Road.

Earlier today (Wednesday), county councillor Michael Williams, who represents Tenby’s North Ward, sent an urgent email to Darren Thomas, head of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Infrastructure department, pressing him to reconsider the road layout before the busy summer season gets underway.

“I travel along this stretch of road on a regular basis with the result that I’m seeing near misses all the time,” he told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

“Fortunately no one has yet been hurt, but concern is growing that something far more serious is going to  happen.”

The mini-roundabout is approached by four roads, each heading towards Tenby town centre, including the extremely busy approaches from Manborbier and Penally. However the main blackspot area extends fromMarsh Road and up along the Greenhill Road.

“The problem we have is that a large number of vehicles don’t go around the roundabout but cut across it,” explained Cllr Williams.

“  And as the traffic moves along Greenhill Road, it tends to accelerate, way in excess of the speed limit.”

Cllr William’s request is fueled by the fact that St Teilo Roman Catholic Primary School is situated a short distance from the roundabout.

“Obviously there is a 20 mph speed limit in force on the road that leads past the school, but this is being flouted by a very large percentage of vehicles,” he said.

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“I’m requesting that Pembrokeshire County Council looks into a complete redesign of this section of road to ensure that safety measures are improved for all road users, which includes pedestrians as well as motoristsAnd as the tourist season is fast approaching, I urge them to start looking into this issue as soon as possible.”

Pembrokeshire County Council’s highways development control officer Stephen Benger has also  been asked to reconsider the roundabout’s infrastructure.