Dyfed-Powys Police is a key member of the multi-agency coordination team that is actively managing and overseeing this incident, of which the traffic management plan in place for the necessary diversion of the road closures plays an integral part. A series of meetings have already been convened between the South Wales Trunk Roads Agent (SWTRA), Carmarthenshire County Council Highways Department and other main partners who have reviewed and updated existing traffic management plans. This has incorporated feedback from the community and motorists who used the diversionary route over the past weekend. Further reviews and meetings are set to take place this week which will incorporate actions for the coming weekend.

An important development for roads users and the local community to understand is that in order for the specialist contractor (Valero) to replace the fractured pipeline, the A48 will unfortunately need to be closed in both directions from the evening of Friday 14th October to early Monday 17th October. All traffic will be diverted along the official diversion route through Llangunnor on the B4300. Following that, the eastbound only closure will remain for the duration of the planned works.

Chief Inspector Peter Roderick of the Specialist Operations Department for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The traffic management plans will ensure that a safe system of road travel for all users is in place during the period of closure of the A48. Members of the public can expect to see a higher level of police engagement on the A48 at Nant y caws and the main arterial routes in the nearby vicinity. The diversionary route will be closely monitored by the Roads Policing Unit and contingencies will be in place for additional challenges that may be experienced during the closure period.”

He added: “Those using the diversionary route over the forthcoming days and particularly the weekend period are asked to exercise patience during the expected slow moving traffic situation. Road users will need to pay particular attention to the temporary road traffic signs that will mark the diversion route as these will indicate the restrictions in place to effectively safeguard all motorists and pedestrians. It will also be necessary for road users to plan additional time onto their journey and question the necessity of their travel through the affected area.”

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