Residents’ calls for safety improvements at a level crossing in Rhoose must not be ignored, South Wales Central AM and local councillor Andrew RT Davies has said.
The crossing falls on a footpath linking Rhoose Point with the Golwg Y Mor development, and so has seen an increase in footfall as more housing has been built.
Its proximity to the children’s play area at Heol Y Sianel is of particular concern, since many young people use the crossing unaccompanied to access it.
Mr Davies has visited the site with Network Rail Public Affairs Manager Sam Hadley and Area Level Crossing Manager Ronnie Gallagher, to discuss his concerns.
They have confirmed they are assessing options to enhance safety features at the crossing, while in the long term they also hope better footpaths to the gated crossing on Station Road and the bridge at Pentir Y De will provide a safer routes.
Mr Davies said, “Residents rightly want reassurance that the crossing is safe, not least because its proximity to a play area means children use it unaccompanied.
“I am extremely grateful to Sam and Ronnie for taking the time to meet, and for setting out how safety at the crossing is monitored.
“The crossing predates the new development at Golwg Y Mor, so it is vital routes are put in place to the safer crossing points at Station Road and Pentir Y De.
“This would mean most people would no longer need to use the crossing, with other more suitable routes available.
“I will be pressing the Council on this, since the safety of young people is paramount.”
[Picture: Mr Davies meets Network Rail Public Affairs Manager Sam Hadley and Area Level Crossing Manager Ronnie Gallagher to discuss his concerns]