£68m St Clears to Red Roses upgrade to be officially opened

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A £68million scheme to improve the A477 between St Clears and Red Roses will be officially opened by Transport Minister Edwina Hart today (Wednesday).

The Welsh Government says the new road will improve safety and journey times along the busy route which, together with the A40, forms part of the Trans European Road Network linking West Wales with the rest of Europe.

The route is also the main access to the tourist destinations of south Pembrokeshire, including Tenby and Saundersfoot, as well as ferry traffic to and from the Republic of Ireland using the port at Pembroke Dock.

Mrs Hart said: “I am very pleased to be able to open this important new road. As well as being part of a vital trans-European road network, this improved section of the A477 will provide more efficient road connections to the important tourism and energy enterprises in Pembrokeshire, and enable more effective connections with Ireland via Pembroke Dock.

“This project also brings many other benefits to road users and local people by improving road safety, creating bypasses for Llanddowror and Red Roses and providing new walking and cycling routes.

“Improving our transport infrastructure is critical to improving Wales’ economic competiveness and this new road is another example of the Welsh Government’s commitment to that aim. I congratulate everyone involved on the delivery of this improvement project, which I am sure will be appreciated by many in years to come.”

The new section consists of 8.7km of new road between Pont Newydd Bridge, east of Llanddowror, and Red Roses, and a further 0.9km of improvements between Pont Newydd Bridge and the St Clears roundabout.

Over half the length of this section will now carry three lanes offering overtaking opportunities in both directions. The project includes the construction of 17 structures (bridges, underpasses and culverts) to maintain the local highway, public footpath, equestrian network and protect wildlife. A foot and cycle path has also been built to link the communities of St Clears and Llanddowror.

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8:01am Wed 16 Apr 14

power71 says...

Glad to see it is opened at last long long overdue as well now lets hope it improves travel times and also road safety as well .
Llanddowror has been a bottleneck over the years and also a dangerous bit of road as well
Glad to see it is opened at last long long overdue as well now lets hope it improves travel times and also road safety as well . Llanddowror has been a bottleneck over the years and also a dangerous bit of road as well power71
  • Score: 7

10:41am Wed 16 Apr 14

Gogledd says...

Shame we cant have the same in the North of the County. Ie Fishguard through to St Cl. Then we would have something to celebrate. In the meantime, those south of the county have it all ways...here in the North..sounds like something out of Game of Thrones!!..lol...we have dia communications which put us back into the dark ages regarding transportation and this has a devastating effect on our economy, jobs, and keeping out young people in this area......so while I think its a great thing..please dont be surprised if I am not out celebrating today and kissing Ms Harts feet....
Shame we cant have the same in the North of the County. Ie Fishguard through to St Cl. Then we would have something to celebrate. In the meantime, those south of the county have it all ways...here in the North..sounds like something out of Game of Thrones!!..lol...we have dia communications which put us back into the dark ages regarding transportation and this has a devastating effect on our economy, jobs, and keeping out young people in this area......so while I think its a great thing..please dont be surprised if I am not out celebrating today and kissing Ms Harts feet.... Gogledd
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

dougie16 says...

shame they can't spend a little bit in Narberth to stop all the congestion in the high street due to bad parking and deliveries, takes longer to drive through the town than it does to drive to templeton some days.
shame they can't spend a little bit in Narberth to stop all the congestion in the high street due to bad parking and deliveries, takes longer to drive through the town than it does to drive to templeton some days. dougie16
  • Score: 4

6:34pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

Gogledd wrote:
Shame we cant have the same in the North of the County. Ie Fishguard through to St Cl. Then we would have something to celebrate. In the meantime, those south of the county have it all ways...here in the North..sounds like something out of Game of Thrones!!..lol...we have dia communications which put us back into the dark ages regarding transportation and this has a devastating effect on our economy, jobs, and keeping out young people in this area......so while I think its a great thing..please dont be surprised if I am not out celebrating today and kissing Ms Harts feet....
strange that, complaining about the South getting too much help, blame your farming councillors who seem to come from North of the Haven and have all the power within the council -
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: Shame we cant have the same in the North of the County. Ie Fishguard through to St Cl. Then we would have something to celebrate. In the meantime, those south of the county have it all ways...here in the North..sounds like something out of Game of Thrones!!..lol...we have dia communications which put us back into the dark ages regarding transportation and this has a devastating effect on our economy, jobs, and keeping out young people in this area......so while I think its a great thing..please dont be surprised if I am not out celebrating today and kissing Ms Harts feet....[/p][/quote]strange that, complaining about the South getting too much help, blame your farming councillors who seem to come from North of the Haven and have all the power within the council - Tttoommy
  • Score: 4

6:48pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

I went past the roadworks in LLanddowror this morning (or the Indalo village as we used to call it) and there was plenty of work still being done.

Is it going to be like the Canaston bit of the A40 that was opened "on time within budget" and everybody hit their targets BUT after the official openings we had loads of roadworks and traffic lights for ages afterwards
I went past the roadworks in LLanddowror this morning (or the Indalo village as we used to call it) and there was plenty of work still being done. Is it going to be like the Canaston bit of the A40 that was opened "on time within budget" and everybody hit their targets BUT after the official openings we had loads of roadworks and traffic lights for ages afterwards Tttoommy
  • Score: -1

10:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Tttoommy says...

PS at 22:35 my post is voted down - WHY? the by-pass was a f****ng tip, why vote me down for reporting FACT
PS at 22:35 my post is voted down - WHY? the by-pass was a f****ng tip, why vote me down for reporting FACT Tttoommy
  • Score: -4

4:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

teapot head says...

Tttoommy wrote:
Gogledd wrote:
Shame we cant have the same in the North of the County. Ie Fishguard through to St Cl. Then we would have something to celebrate. In the meantime, those south of the county have it all ways...here in the North..sounds like something out of Game of Thrones!!..lol...we have dia communications which put us back into the dark ages regarding transportation and this has a devastating effect on our economy, jobs, and keeping out young people in this area......so while I think its a great thing..please dont be surprised if I am not out celebrating today and kissing Ms Harts feet....
strange that, complaining about the South getting too much help, blame your farming councillors who seem to come from North of the Haven and have all the power within the council -
nothing ever happens north of tangiers
[quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: Shame we cant have the same in the North of the County. Ie Fishguard through to St Cl. Then we would have something to celebrate. In the meantime, those south of the county have it all ways...here in the North..sounds like something out of Game of Thrones!!..lol...we have dia communications which put us back into the dark ages regarding transportation and this has a devastating effect on our economy, jobs, and keeping out young people in this area......so while I think its a great thing..please dont be surprised if I am not out celebrating today and kissing Ms Harts feet....[/p][/quote]strange that, complaining about the South getting too much help, blame your farming councillors who seem to come from North of the Haven and have all the power within the council -[/p][/quote]nothing ever happens north of tangiers teapot head
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Caldey says...

After driving up to C'then on the old road Weds. morning it was a good surprise to drive home on the new road on Weds. afternoon - long overdue, and good that it was completed before time. :)
After driving up to C'then on the old road Weds. morning it was a good surprise to drive home on the new road on Weds. afternoon - long overdue, and good that it was completed before time. :) Caldey
  • Score: 3

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