Aberavon MP calls for traffic safety review

South Wales Evening Post

SAFETY calls are being made following the death of a man on Afan Way in Port Talbot.

Andrew Lee Thomas James, from Penrhiwfer, passed away following a collision on Sunday, August 16. He was aged 26.

The collision, near the junction with Victoria Road, involved a silver Suzuki Ignis and a black Ford Focus.

Now Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock is calling for a review of traffic safety in the area, and has written to South Wales Police asking for more patrols.

Mr Kinnock said: "This was a tragic accident, and as I said in my letter to the police I think we need to have a review of traffic safety with a view to improving road safety in the area. I'm meeting with senior police in early September and will certainly raise this with them."

A Sandfields estate resident, who alerted Mr Kinnock to speeding concerns in the Aberavon seafront and estate areas, said: "Around a week after the accident on Afan Way, we were at the seafront at about 8pm and there were young boys playing in cars, speeding and overtaking each other on the seafront road. It was ridiculous."

The resident said speeding had also been proving a big problem near her homeĀ in the Sandfields estate, and she had seen drivers speeding along the roads and around corners.

"With all of this happening after that bad accident there, it is only going to be a matter of time before someone gets knocked down," she said.

Mr Kinnock added: "Of course there is an ongoing police inquiry, and we don't know yet what caused this accident but a greater police presence and patrols can only make for a safer Aberavon.

"Nothing would be lost by an increased presence, but I appreciate that with more than 10 per cent being cut from frontline police, resources are stretched."

A spokesman for South Wales Police said an investigation into the cause of the collision on Afan Way was continuing.

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