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Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg. We welcome calls in Welsh.
Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg. We welcome calls in Welsh.

Road users urged to be cautious following increase in roadworks incidents

Traffic Officers on the network

We, along with the Welsh Trunk Road Agents, are raising the alarm over a disturbing surge in roadwork incidents and reports of abuse on the trunk road network in Wales. In 2023 alone, there were a reported 74 incidents within roadworks areas and reports of abuse, with indications suggesting that the actual figures could be significantly higher than reported.

This concerning trend not only jeopardises the safety of roadworkers but also poses significant risks to motorists and pedestrians alike. Moreover, there has been a distressing increase in incidents involving verbal abuse and intimidation directed towards those diligently working to maintain and improve our road infrastructure.

As Spring sets in and annual maintenance projects across the region begin, it becomes imperative for all road users to exercise caution and respect for those working tirelessly to enhance our road network. These vital maintenance activities are essential for ensuring the safety and efficiency of our roads, benefiting everyone who travels on them.

"We are deeply troubled by the escalating incidents of road incursions and abuse towards roadworkers," remarked a spokesperson from Traffic Wales. "These individuals play a crucial role in keeping our roads safe and operational. Their safety and well-being must be our utmost priority."

We all want to get home safely. If you see our Welsh Government Traffic Officers on the network, it is crucial you respect their duties and work. They are there to help you and assist you and the emergency services in dealing with incidents.”- Traffic Officer

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We're urging all drivers to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines, be patient, and demonstrate respect towards roadworkers and their designated work zones. It’s critical that drivers reduce their speed and safely change lanes when approaching roadside workers and emergency vehicles. This helps to ensure everyone’s safety and prevents accidents.

Together, we can foster a culture of mutual respect and cooperation on our roads, ensuring the safety and well-being of all who use them.