Welsh bypass delayed five more years

A plan to build a by-pass in Camarthenshire which was first mooted before the Second World War has been delayed until 2025, causing a row between political parties.

The South Wales Guardian reports that the bypass for the A483, which runs through the centre of Llandeilo, will not begin until 2025 at the earliest. It was meant to get under way in 2019.

Plaid Cymru councillors accused the Welsh Labour Government of reneging on the scheme and “letting residents down again”.

Labour councillors said the party remained committed to the bypass, and was offering short and medium-term solutions to alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution in the town.

The paper says the “lively” exchanges followed a notice of motion by Independent Llandeilo councillor Edward Thomas, which criticised the 2025 delay and “failure to produce evidence to support this decision”.

Cllr Thomas said the bypass proposal had been “on the go” since 1938. “Unfortunately Mr Hitler decided to divert us from that task,” he said.

The report adds that Labour councillor Kevin Madge said he sympathised with Llandeilo residents, but added: “We are not in normal times.”

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