Pentrepoeth Road Traffic Issue
Published: 19 July 2021
The Community Council recognises there are many issues with this road and are constantly working with authorities in an attempt to improve safety. Council is aware that there are multiple problems from the lack of pavements and safe havens for pedestrians to parking for residents and the speed of traffic along the length of the road.
A GoSafe assessment was carried out, and the report of the Officer who did the investigation said:
Gwent Police use covert speed monitoring equipment to check the speed of vehicles using the road, the device records the speed of vehicles over a 24 hour period and is in position for between 7 – 10 days . A requirement for the positioning of this equipment is that it is located on the side of the road preferably on a straight section of road, not near a junction or where vehicles park regularly, as this can affect the speeds of the vehicles using the road which may then not provide an accurate speed recording.
On his visit to Pentrepoeth Road he noted that there were no suitable locations where this equipment could be deployed. There were a number of vehicles parked on the road adjacent to the properties which he assumed were residents vehicles and therefore may usually be expected to be parked on the road, this form of parking would affect the accurate recording of the vehicle speeds.
The collision records for Pentrepoeth Road found that no personal injury collisions have been reported on it in recent years.
It was regrettable, but because of the topography of the road, he was unable to deploy recording equipment, and there are no no parking facilities where a Safety Camera van could be parked without causing obstruction to other road users.
He suggested that Pentrepoeth Road was not suitable for positioning anyone with hand held cameras on safety grounds to conduct speed checks due to the width of the road and lack of pavement area.
The Community Council has requested that our City Councillors lobby NCC to get the tubes suggested above installed to monitor vehicle speeds, to cut back hedges and bushes to aid with visibility, make the road as wide as possible at the pinch points and also to place some speed indicator panels along the road. The City Councillors have also been asked to lobby NCC to reduce the speed of traffic to 20mph between the Caerphilly Road and Pentrepoeth Close junctions in light of the considerable risk to pedestrians. Some of these requests has been denied in the past but it is hoped NCC will reconsider.
The Community Council have been lobbying for improvements to this road for many years and continue to do so.
The Community Council have themselves placed "SLOW DOWN" notices along Pentrepoeth Road in an attempt to remind drivers to slow down and keep to a speed reasonable for a road of this type.