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Plaid Calls For Action To Improve Safety On M4

Over 250 accidents on motorway around Swansea and Port Talbot in past 5 years.

Figures released by Plaid Cymru show that there have been over 250 traffic accidents on the M4 around Swansea and Port Talbot in the past 5 years.

The data has been released by the Welsh Government in response to a question posed by Plaid AM Dr. Dai Lloyd, and shows that accidents between Junction 44 (Swansea East) to Junction 48 (Llanelli) has more than doubled - from 16 in 2012, to 31 in 2016.

Dr. Lloyd has recently been calling on the Welsh Government to bring about safety and traffic flow improvements to this section of the M4, following a spate of accidents at the Ynysforgan roundabout last month.

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 data shows clearly that safety along this stretch of the M4 is getting worse. With 265 accidents in the past 5 recorded years, the Welsh Government needs to be taking action to tackle it.

"Accidents along this stretch of the motorway is unfortunately now a common occurrence. As well as being a significant safety issue for road users, these accidents also bring about traffic chaos on this stretch of motorway, and surrounding roads.

"Vehicles on the M4 and surrounding roads are regularly brought to a standstill following accidents and the Welsh Government owes 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, improving traffic flow in this area is also of great importance to the economy of South West Wales. A motorway network which suffers from significant delays due to lack of flow will not help in attracting businesses to invest in the area.

"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.

"The facts are clear - the number of accidents along this stretch of road have increased over the past few years. It is now imperative that the Labour Welsh Government brings forward options for improving safety and flow on this section of motorway." 

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