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£20m road scheme for 'booming' town

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

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WITH businesses and housing developments "booming" at Cross Hands, a £20 million road infrastructure road programme has been proposed for the area.

The new system would aim to resolve problems of tailbacks at peak traffic times at the Cross Hands roundabout, which choke surrounding feeder roads.

A public exhibition is planned as part of Carmarthenshire Council's consultation on Friday between 1pm and 9pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the foyer in the Co-op store in Cross Hands.

Representatives from the council will be available to respond to any queries or comments offered.

Councillor Kevin Madge, the council's leader, said he was sure the public consultation would be well attended.

"Many drivers and residents have been frustrated as both business and housing has boomed leaving behind the development of the supporting road infra- structure," he said.

"This is a chance for them to have their say and help get things right at the planning stage."

The planned improvement scheme has been known as the Cross Hands Economic Link Road and extends from the A48 ''diamond'' junction at Cross Hands, to the A476 at Gorslas to the north east, and in a westerly direction to a point west of Cross Hands.

The scheme is divided into three sections, with phase 1A having been constructed over the last financial year, and 1B included as part of the convergence funded Strategic East Site project.

To maintain momentum, Welsh Government Regional Transport Plan funds are being used to investigate a number of alternative routes for phase two — Black Lion Road to the A476 east of Gorslas.

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