‘Britain’s worst roundabout’ is blown up after a series of accidents as confused motorists drive straight through the junction
A roundabout has been dubbed the worst in Britain as confused motorists drive right through it.
Locals have called for action after a series of pile-ups at the intersection, which they say are due to unclear road markings.
Government officials have promised to make changes as local residents complain about people being able to drive through the “unmagic roundabout” near Hirwaun in the south Waleswithout noticing it.
It comes after an eight-year-old boy was injured in a three-car collision on New Year’s Eve.
The boy’s grandmother, Angela Williams, was traveling with her husband, daughter and grandson, named Leeroy, at the time of the clash.
She believed that the driver who collided with them could not see the intersection on the “pitch black” road and therefore did not slow down.
Angela said: “He’s terribly traumatised. It’ll be a while before he gets over it.”
She called for better signage and road markings to make the intersection clearer after the young lad suffered a head injury, whiplash and a cut on his neck.
It was fitted as a temporary measure while a new thoroughfare is being built, but local motorists say it is “dangerous”.
Local councilors Karen Morgan and Adam Owain Rogers said in a statement today: “We attended a meeting with contractors this morning and again shared the many concerns we have received about incidents and near misses.
“Future Valleys indicated that the signage is adequate and they have recently installed additional lighting. They also explained the restrictions on other roundabout changes (space is the main factor).
“If work progresses as planned there will be changes to the layout of the roundabout over the next six to eight weeks which will hopefully reduce the risk of motorists treating it as a straight road.”
They added that Future Valleys had said they were unaware of the accidents or near misses they raised.
However, this approach has been criticized online as commentators felt it did not go far enough to address security concerns.
One woman wrote: “Let’s hope we get through the next eight weeks without a fatality.
“Every day there are near misses and today a truck drove straight through leaving me in the middle of the roundabout.
“Will report it. I know my daughter and another car owner whose cars have been written off in the last three weeks.”
Another angry motorist said: “I witnessed a very, very close accident yesterday. A car just kept going through the roundabout as if there were no intersection or roundabout in sight.”
A Welsh Government spokesman said roadworks were underway for the next “planned traffic management change” to allow for the construction of a level crossing and two bridges.
They added that the new layout will remove the east arm of the roundabout and “make it much more obvious that a roundabout is in place to reduce the risk of drivers missing the right-of-way.”
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