Works underway to complete cycle route’s ‘missing link’

84 days ago

Works are underway to complete the ‘missing link’ on a walking and cycling route in the Llangennech and Dafen areas of Llanelli.

The 3.5km shared use path has been created along the A4138 between the Trosserch roundabout in Llangennech and Llethri Road roundabout in Dafen to improve links between communities and to key leisure and employment sites in the town.

The final 600m link on the south side of the A4138 will connect with the subway adjoining Trosserch Road. Costing £75,000, it will be completed by April thanks to funding through the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund 2018/19.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage sustainable travel and improve road safety in the area, linking communities for easy access to schools and shops, and employment sites including those at Llanelli Gate Business Park and the Dafen Industrial Estate, as well as Gestamp and Calsonic Kansei, two of the town’s largest employers.

It also forms part of the longer term plan to create an integrated, traffic-free active travel network throughout the town, improving the health and wellbeing of residents, as part of the council’s commitment under the Active Travel (Wales) Act; and supports Carmarthenshire’s aspiration to become a premier walking and cycling destination in Wales.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “I am delighted that this scheme is now nearing completion. Our aim is to make walking and cycling in and around the town a safe, attractive and accessible alternative to car use.

“We want to make ‘active travel’ the most attractive option for shorter journeys and by doing so it will mean more people can enjoy the increased health benefits of active travel, which in turn will help to reduce emissions and help our economy to grow.”