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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 July, 2004, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Blackspot's 1m improvement
The A40 road in Powys - picture courtesy of Powys County Council
A stretch of the A40 to be transformed
A 1m road improvement scheme has been announced for a mid Wales accident blackspot.

The work is earmarked for a section of the A40 between Bwlch and Crickhowell, in Powys, which has been the scene of a number of serious collisions.

A councillor and Dyfed-Powys Police have welcomed the news.

The work will be funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, which says visibility will improve along the stretch.

A three quarters of a mile section of the road is understood to be covered by the plans.

The priority for local people is to make the road safer and hopefully these improvements will achieve that
Cllr John Morris

Powys county councillor for Crickhowell, John Morris, said: "We've had a number of accidents on that road near the Kestrel Inn.

"The priority for local people is to make the road safer and hopefully these improvements will achieve that.

"At the moment the road has close bends.

Cllr John Morris
The priority is to make the road safer, says Cllr John Morris

'Speed'

"We've had at least one fatality on the road recently."

Pc Jeff Cahalane, of Dyfed-Powys Police in Crickhowell, added: "The section is an accident blackspot and there's been a number of fatalities and serious injuries recently.

"There's been a few meetings locally, which police have been involved in, where people have tried to come up with solutions aimed at improving safety.

"Problems arise from the speed of the road and the bends.

"But news of improvements will be welcomed by people in Crickhowell, Bwlch and the surrounding areas."

Minister for economic development and transport, Andrew Davies, said: "Work is being undertaken to improve this stretch of road to offer better visibility and help reduce accidents.

"The new road alignment which will comprise of a single 7.3 metre wide carriageway with constant verges should improve road safety on this length of rural trunk road."

Powys County Council will oversee the improvement work as agent for the Welsh Assembly Government.

Work is due to begin on 16 August and is planned to be completed by next summer.

Contractor Alun Griffiths, of Abergavenny, is to carry out the improvement work.


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