Speed limit cut on busy Western Avenue in Cardiff

A new speed limit has been introduced on a stretch of busy Cardiff road.

A 30mph zone has been marked on Western Avenue at Gabalfa heading westbound to Llandaff.

The new speed limit replaces the 40mph speed that was previously in place.

Meanwhile road markings show a stretch of the A48 heading eastbound towards Newport being reduced from 70mph to 50mph.

Western Avenue, including the area near Tesco Extra, usually sees heavy traffic at peak times.

The road is a main route in and out of the city
(Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne)

When asked on Twitter about the road, Cardiff Council confirmed on March 25 that the speed limit on the A48 was 40mph.

But another user questioned the change in speed limit, commenting: “Now 30 mph from Gabalfa Interchange to Ely yet two 40mph signs still between Waun Gron junction and Ely Bridge roundabout!”

The change comes after it was announced earlier this year that parts of north west Cardiff will see speed limits cut from 30mph to 20mph as part of a Welsh Government pilot.

The change will affect areas including Whitchurch, Tongwynlais, Llandaff North, Rhiwbina and Heath.

The speed limit in these areas will change in phases from this summer to the end of the year. It could see 20mph becoming the default speed limit in residential areas in April, 2023, in a move to make roads safer for people cycling or walking.

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Meanwhile, in west Wales, a number of turn-offs could be closed and new speed restrictions could be enforced on one of the most dangerous stretches of road as part of a bid to make it safer, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

The A40 between Carmarthen and St Clears is currently subject to a transport appraisal guidance (WelTAG) study which is looking at ways to reduce the number of crashes on the road and improve driver safety.

The dual carriageway is used by thousands of motorists as it is the main route connecting Carmarthen with further afield in west Wales including many popular tourism spots in Pembrokeshire.

Between January 1, 2010, and August 31, 2019, there were 359 crashes on the stretch of road. More than a quarter of those resulted in injuries while two people were killed, including a four-year-old girl.

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