Meeting With CCC on 23rd July

Carmarthenshire Cycle Forum Meeting with Carmarthenshire Transport Strategy and Infrastructure Team

 

We had a very positive meeting with Simon Charles and members of his team on Thursday 23rd July to discuss the cycling provision and infrastructure currently being considered by the council. We were also joined by David Thorpe from Transition Towns Towy (he is also a CCF Member) The first part of the meeting dealt with the issue of the lack of safe cycling access to the new secondary school at Ffairfach,  Llandeilo.

·         Utilising Welsh Government Local Transport Fund Award, the Council is in the early stages of working on the potential opening up the old Carmarthen to Llandeilo railway route as a new Commuting / Tourist path. This ambitious project would involve a safe route to the new school which is being considered as the first section to work on. There are some obstacles with regard to land ownership, car parking and access which are currently being reviewed.

·         We discussed the mile long extension to the Pembrey Canal path – work is due to start imminently funded under Sustrans Coastal Communities Big Lottery Fund and would provide a traffic free route all the way from Burry Port to the west side of Pinged Road to meet up with a safe crossing across the A484 to join the segregated roadside path on to Kidwelly. This should be completed this year.

·         A new traffic free commuter / utility and touring route linking Llangenech to Dafen and on to Halfway/Trostre is being developed whilst in the early stages of design and development. It is intended to propose to commence work on the ground this year.

·         The Amman Valley Cycle Route, funded through Welsh Government Local Transport Fund, is scheduled for completion on the Carmarthenshire side before the end of 2015 and finally,

·         The Council is looking to develop urban links to Trinity St Davids in Carmarthen and also out to Glangwili.

We had a discussion concerning improved cycle parking in town centres – especially Llanelli and Burry Port although after the meeting I was struggling to find a decent place to park up near to Barclays and Marks and Spencer in Carmarthen (hint hint!).

We also touched on our continuing (lack of) discussions with the Welsh Highways Agency regarding the spending discrepancy between Carmarthenshire and Pembroke and the St Clears by-pass issues, obviously these are outside of the remit of Carmarthenshire County Council.

Many thanks to Simon and his team for hosting this very useful meeting