New speed limit for stretch of A48 ‘following number of accidents’
A new 50mph speed limit will be installed on a stretch of the A48 after a number of accidents along the route.
The speed limit – between Ewenny and Broadlands roundabouts – will replace the current 60mph limit and average speed cameras will be set up to enforce it.
New signage, pedestrian refuges and resurfaced footpaths will also form part of the road improvements along with extended footway links and new road markings.
It comes after a teenager died when he was in collision with a motorbike in July 2016.
Sixteen-year-old Rhys Rubery had been crossing with a group of friends on the section of road where the speed limit is currently 60mph.
The inquest into his death heard the oncoming motorbike would have been masked by a car and Rhys would not have seen it.
His parents had already welcomed news there would be investment.
Jon and Jo Rubery said they hope improvements to the A48 in Bridgend “will make the difference and nobody else will need to suffer or be impacted in the same way as we were”.
Speaking at a council meeting on April 25, cabinet member for communities Richard Young said: “Our funding bid from Welsh Government for a full range of road safety improvements along the A48 between Broadlands and Waterton roundabouts has been successful.
“This follows preparatory work which was carried out along the 5km route late last year.
“The plans are in line with recommendations from an independent report which the council commissioned following a number of accidents along the route including the tragic circumstances in which Rhys Rubery sadly lost his life.
“I’d like to thank colleagues in Welsh Government for listening to us on this issue.”
The council-commissioned report found that between 2011 and 2015 there were 32 collisions along the A48 between Laleston and Waterton although most were minor and involved rear-end shunts between vehicles.
Three of the collisions were classed as ‘fatal’, seven as ‘serious’ and 22 as ‘slight’.