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Call to make memorial road safer

The Cofiwch Dryweryn (Remember Tryweryn) wall
There have been accidents near the Cofiwch Dryweryn wall

A council leader is calling for action to improve safety on a road near an unofficial memorial to a village flooded to provide water for Liverpool.

Keith Evans of Ceredigion council said there had been accidents on the A487 close to the Cofiwch Dryweryn (Remember Tryweryn) wall, near Aberystwyth.

Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones helped launch an appeal to preserve the local landmark last month.

The assembly government said it was looking to improve safety on the A487.

Mr Evans has written to Transport Minister Ieaun Wyn Jones about his concerns.

In his letter, he said the trunk road through the county had claimed nine lives since 2006.

'Low cost'

He said there had been 44 serious injuries and 192 slight injuries as well in the last three years.

But Mr Evans also made specific reference to the Welsh Assembly Government's decision to support the appeal to save the Cofiwch Dryweryn landmark.

He said there had been a number of accidents in the vicinity of the wall, adding that plans to preserve it should be combined with a road improvement scheme and improved visitor facilities.

About the A487 through Ceredigion, Mr Evans said: "The section of Wales' main west coast trunk road needs improved re-alignment, it does not cross any rivers and is not constrained by ribbon development and, as such, could be improved at a relatively low cost.

"It is appreciated that funding is and will be very limited in the next few years but I trust that the Welsh Assembly Government will afford priority to properly assessing and investigating what can be achieved on the A487 to make this essential corridor in west Wales a safe and pleasurable road to travel on."

Cluster sites

An assembly government spokesman said steps were being taken to improve the road's safety, and this was reflected in the current (road) programme.

He added: "In addition, an accident study has been undertaken to identify further cluster sites and this has raised additional sites which are currently under consideration for remedial measures."

He said several major road improvement schemes, including the Glandyfi scheme (near Machynlleth) and an upgrade to a section at Aberarth (near Aberaeron), would hopefully start soon.

Last month, Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones helped launch the appeal to save the Cofiwch Dryweryn wall at the National Eisteddfod in Bala.

The unofficial memorial is deteriorating and last year was defaced and then repainted.

Cadw, the historic monuments agency, has already donated £30,000 to the appeal, but another £50,000 is needed.

The small community of Tryweryn, near Bala, was flooded in 1965 to provide water for Liverpool.

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