I see that the £50m A486 link road from Carmarthen to Synod Inn has finally been officially opened after a number of years of construction work.
It was opened by the Welsh Government Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates AM, who was accompanied by Elin Jones AM and various Ceredigion county councillors.
Mr Skates said: “The route provides a key link from west Wales through to Carmarthen and the M4 corridor”. He then, more accurately, said it “strengthens transport links into Ceredigion”.
That is precisely what it does, because it does not serve Pembrokeshire and west Carmarthenshire, also in west Wales.
Therefore, since this improved road links Ceredigion to the M4, why is no town in Ceredigion indicated at its southern proximity, at the busy Pensarn roundabout in Carmarthen?
As one drives around that large roundabout, one has to exit onto Carmarthen’s eastern bypass, marked “Llandeilo” to get to Ceredigion. Of course, Llandeilo is 10 miles east of Carmarthen, on the A40 road en route to England! Nowhere near Ceredigion and its £50m road.
Furthermore, to get to Llandeilo from the populous east, one would already have turned off in either Pont Abraham or Cross Hands, not Carmarthen.
So, if Mr Skates and his Welsh Government have provided £43m of public funding for this Ceredigion link road to the M4, surely they can spare a few crumbs to indicate some Ceredigion destinations at its start point?
Common sense would dictate that Cardigan and Llandysul are sign-posted. The latter because it goes directly there, and the former because the word “Cardigan” obviously indicates the town of Cardigan (to which the road branches off), as well as Ceredigion, Cardiganshire and the globally known Cardigan Bay, near Synod Inn at the northern end. “Cardigan” indicates the lot to visitors new to Wales.
I have been asking for “Cardigan/Aberteifi” on the Pensarn roundabout at Carmarthen ever since it was built 17 years ago. I have been totally ignored all along.
Surely, if the Welsh Government can brag that £50m has been spent on this improved road, they can at least spend a few more quid telling drivers where it goes? How about it Mr Skates?
Lyn James Jenkins, Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert, Cardigan.
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