Mid Wales

Call to cut speed limit after boy hurt in Aberystwyth

An injury to a boy in a road crash has prompted calls for a cut in the speed limit on a busy road in Aberystwyth.

Lewis Allen, 10, was on his way to school when he was hurt in the collision with a car in September in Boulevard St Brieuc.

Local councillor Paul James is supporting the boy's parents in calling for a 30mph speed along the entire route, which is currently 40mph.

Ceredigion Council said it would hold discussions with police soon.

Mr James has written to the council and Dyfed-Powys Police over the matter, and a petition has been launched.

Lewis was injured at a crossing point on 30 September and was taken to Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, before being transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

The schoolboy has since returned home.

In a letter to Ceredigion Council and Dyfed-Powys Police, Mr James said: "As we all are aware the traffic at this location rolls within a speed limit of 40mph.

"However, I believe there is room for improvement and would suggest as the local member that as officers you explore the possibilities of changing and extending the already 30mph zone which ends just after Aberystwyth Police Station and continue it along the entire length of Boulevard St Brieuc."

Mr James said there was one pre-school nursery near the crossing and three primary schools - Ysgol Gymraeg, Ysgol Plascrug and St Padarn's - and Penweddig secondary school, all within 400 metres of the crossing point.

A council spokeswoman said: "Ceredigion County Council can confirm that a request has been received from the local member to investigate road safety concerns at this location.

"Officers from the authority are shortly due to meet Dyfed-Powys Police officers to discuss the circumstances of this recent collision.

"The concerns/suggestions of the local member and the parents of the child involved will be fully considered as part of this process."

Ch Insp Robyn Mason of Dyfed-Powys Police said the meeting would also explore "preventative measures to mitigate further incidents".

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