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Calls For M4 Swansea Safety Review

It follows a string of serious accidents in recent weeks

Plaid Cymru AM Dr. Dai Lloyd has today (Tuesday 6th February) urged the Welsh Government to bring forward a debate on options to improve safety and flow of traffic along the M4 around Swansea.

Dr. Lloyd raised the issue with the Leader of the House, Julie James AM, at the National Assembly, following news another collision took place this morning on the Eastbound cariiageway between Junction 46 Llangyfelach and 45 at Ynysforgan.

A short while later, police were called to a collision on the same part of the motorway but on the opposite carriageway. 

Last month, a woman was killed in a one-car crash near to the Ynysforgan Junction on the Eastbound carriageway. 

Back in October 2016 the Cabinet Secretary for Transport issued a written statement where he stated that he had asked his officials to engage with the Swansea Bay City Region in a wider study of the M4 corridor around Swansea.

Dr. Lloyd stated, "This morning saw yet another accident on the M4 around Swansea - this time at the Ynysforgan roundabout.

"Unfortunately, this is now a common occurrence in the area, and as well as being a clear safety issue, brings about traffic chaos on this stretch of motorway, and surrounding roads.

"The M4 around Swansea is regularly brought to a standstill following accidents and we owe it to those who use the motorway to look at improvements which can be made to improve safety.

"As well as addressing the safety issues locally, it is clear that improving traffic flow in this area is also of great importance to delivering increased economic development in South West Wales. 

"Having a motorway network which is often on stop due to traffic accidents, and which suffers from significant delays due to lack of flow is not good for business.

"We were told in October 2016 that the Labour Welsh Government were to engage with the Swansea Bay City Region to seek their involvement in a wider study of the M4 corridor around Swansea.

"It is imperative that the Labour Welsh Government now bring forward options for improving safety and flow on this section of motorway around Swansea."

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