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‘Cautious welcome’ to plans to improve safety at busy Cardiff roundabout

Plans for safety improvements on one of Cardiff’s busiest interchanges have been given a “cautious welcome”.

Around £70,000 is to be spent later this month to reduce the number of accidents at the Gabalfa Interchange.

In the five years between 2007 and 2012, there were 48 accidents there, including one fatality.

On July 28, work will start at the roundabout to create an advisory 20mph limit on the roundabout. The existing 30mph limits onto the slip roads are to be extended and the carriageway width around the roundabout will be restricted and lane markings added.

Gabalfa Liberal Democrat councillor Ed Bridges said: “I am giving a cautious welcome to these proposals. I get a lot of residents asking whether the roundabout can be made safer, and clearly these proposals will help with that. I am concerned though that the changes might reduce capacity at the roundabout and add to peak-hour queues.

“Initially this will just be a trial and there will be chance to revisit the changes if there are problems – so I will be urging residents and motorists to give their views on whether the scheme is a success or not.”

Motorist Annie Mason, 37, who uses the interchange every day on her commute from Whitchurch to Cardiff city centre believes it is about time some changes were made.

“The interchange can be a complete nightmare at rush hour,” she said.

“I have had a few near misses. I hope these changes make a difference and it does not cause too much chaos while it is being carried out. I have always thought that traffic lights might help the situation.”

The proposals will be introduced in phases over the coming months.

Cabinet member for strategic planning, highways, traffic and transportation, Coun Ralph Cook, said: “I am fully behind the improvement works at Gabalfa, it is a much needed scheme to improve the layout for road users. This particular roundabout has suffered from a number of accidents, including a fatality and there is a real need to introduce new traffic calming measures, including speed reduction. 

“I wanted this scheme to be a pilot scheme to make gradual instrumental changes over the summer period. We are deliberately piloting during a period when traffic levels are at their lowest to minimise disruption. The area will also be closely monitored by CCTV from the council’s control room.

“We are also introducing it in stages to ensure we are putting the best options in place. And a permanent implementation will be introduced if the pilot scheme goes well.

“The scheme will be mostly funded by the Welsh Government Road Safety Grant and I would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience whilst the works are undergoing.”

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