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Traffic calming at level crossing

Coal train
The line was reopened in January for coal trains

Traffic calming measures will be introduced after a car collided with a freight train at a level crossing on the newly reopened Amman Valley line.

The speed limit for cars at the site in Garnant is being cut to 20mph following last month's incident. No-one was hurt.

The line reopened in January to carry coal from the East Pit opencast site at Gwaun Cae Gurwen.

Following the crash engineers tested the crossing lights and alarms and found they were working at the time.

But Carmarthenshire council and Network Rail have decided to add extra safety precautions.

The existing 20mph speed limit scheme for nearby Ysgol Y Bedol will be extended to include the Raven level crossing.

A new traffic hump, warning signs and road markings will also be installed subject to public consultation.

All level crossings are safe if used correctly
Mark Langman, Network Rail

Network Rail's area manager Mark Langman said: "This proposal complements the safety measures at the crossing."

Prior to the line reopening the company visited schools in the area and conducted a publicity campaign to raise awareness.

"All level crossings are safe if used correctly - obeying road signs, warning lights and alarms," added Mr Langman.

"Last year, there were nearly 300 reported incidents of level crossing misuse across Wales.

"These were the ones that were reported - the true figure is probably much higher."

Local councillor Kevin Madge said: "I'm delighted that we are going to work together to reduce the speed limit and make it safer.

"We have looked at all the options and come up with this proposal."

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