The council now has powers to enforce the prohibition of double parking and parking at dropped kerbs of footways as if they had been introduced using a Traffic Regulation Order.
It is an offence to double park on all Carmarthenshire roads and park up obstructing dropped kerbs anywhere in the county.
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans said: “Under the Traffic Management Act 2008 a number of changes were brought about for parking enforcement and management.
“Carmarthenshire is now designated as a special enforcement area in accordance with Schedule 10 of the Act.”
“The Act, under Code 26, seeks to prevent ‘inconsiderate and selfish’ parking. Drivers who do not park close to the edge of the carriageway – within 50 centimetres of the kerb - can now also be prosecuted.”
Executive board member for environment Cllr Jim Jones said: “The authority receives many complaints from wheelchair and disabled carriage users who are unable to get about because of blocking of dropped kerbs by cars, not only in towns, but rural areas too.
“Dropped kerbs are usually sited as crossovers into private property and crossing points for vulnerable road users, cycle tracks and verges.
“Many people find themselves trapped and unable to get about because of bad parking obstructing dropped kerbs.
“It is important drivers are aware that the enforcement measures we are introducing also covers penalties for double parking and causing obstruction by parking too far from the kerb or edge of carriageway.”
The council is not required to provide any signs or markings specifically prohibiting parking adjacent to a dropped section of the footway.
Carmarthenshire County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council has reported that Bus Services throughout Carmarthenshire are about to be streamlined, with reduced frequencies and some loss of routes because of reduced funding.
From May 18th, of 30 routes affected, nine will be withdrawn, including Service L4 (Llanelli - Brynawelon - Llanelli via Prince Philip Hospital, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre & Penyfan).
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans has pointed to a reduction in funding sources as the reason for "difficult decisions" being made by the local authority, along with commercial bus operators. He also indicated that the review had taken into account the usage of existing services and suggested that services that were poorly used were not sustainable.
Service L4 is operated commercially by First Cymru who has announced the withdrawal of Llanelli Town Services L3, L4 and L5 from May 18th.
Read more: County bus services trimmed by reduced funding (Carmarthenshire County Council website)
A number of changes are being made to bus services in and around Llanelli as First seeks to simplify the routes in and around the town and make the numbers of the buses easier to remember. In addition First is also altering some of the other services running to and from the town in a move designed to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of them. All the changes take effect from 21 July.
The changes mean that some bus numbers will change, but to support people in getting used to this First has produced a new guide to Llanelli town services, which incorporates a map and clear descriptions showing which bus service now goes where. These are available to pick up from the bus depot in Llanelli, from drivers and from the bus station in Swansea already.
Talking about the changes, Owen Williams Area Business Manager says: "We are making a number of changes to our services in and around Llanelli in a bid to simplify them and make it easier for customers to remember all the numbers. From 21 July well have five Llanelli town services which will be numbered from one to five to make it really simple. In addition well have a number of other services connecting the town with other key places such as Swansea and Carmarthen.
"We know that change can sometimes take a while to get used to, but on the whole what is happening here is a positive thing, and it is intended to make using the bus simpler, and encourage more people to use public transport. As an example of one of the many positive things happening, customers have been asking for a long time to create better links to and from Parc Trostre and so in changing Services L4 and 111, we have made this possible.
"We hope that customers will embrace the changes. To assist people in getting used to them well be stationing some of our local supervisors in Llanelli Bus Station help answer any questions people may have.
Specific changes from Sunday 21 July
Services 173, 181 and 182 will no longer exist, but instead they these services will be replaced by the following new ones:
Service L1 (Llanelli - Morfa - Penyfan - Llanelli): This service will leave Llanelli Bus Station every half hour travelling in either a clockwise or anti clockwise direction. Buses will travel operate via Seaside, Morfa, Penyfan, Parc Trostre and Parc Pemberton. The changes being made mean that the L1 service is unable to operate via Heol Elli, Marblehall Road, Alban Road or Glenalla Road.
Service L2 (Llanelli - Prince Phillip Hospital - Swiss Valley - Llanelli): The L2 is the new number for the Llanelli town service linking the bus station with Prince Phillip Hospital and Swiss Valley. The route that the bus takes will be the same as was previously done by Service 182, so outside of the number change customers should notice very little difference. The timetable will remain similar too however to address some concerns over the punctuality and reliability of buses using the route, some additional time has been added to make sure buses arrive when they are scheduled to do so. People who previously used Service 182 are advised to get hold of the new timetable to ensure they understand the impact of what is happening on them.
Service L3 (Llanelli - Swiss Valley - Llanelli): The L3 is the new number for the service linking the bus station with Swiss Valley. The route that the bus takes between Llanelli town centre and Swiss Valley will be similar to that previously done by Service 181.
Service L4 (Llanelli - Brynawelon - Llanelli via Prince Philip Hospital, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre & Penyfan): Service L4 is the new number for what was Service 173 between Llanelli and Brynawelon. From 21 July buses will operate between these points running once an hour and travelling alternately in a clockwise / anticlockwise loop. Specifically buses will serve the following places: Capel Road, Prince Philip Hospital, Dafen, Bryncoch, Brynawelon, Trallwm Road, Penygraig, Llwynhendy, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre, Penyfan and Bigyn Hill. Notably buses will no longer serve the Gors Fach area as they have been struggling to get through this area safely however people living in Penygraig will find they have direct access to the service for the first time.
Service L5 (Llanelli - Burry Port - Llanelli via Pwll): Service L5 is the new number for what was Service 173 between Burry Port and Llanelli. From 21 July buses on this route will run hourly starting and terminating at the Bus Station in Llanelli. Customers wishing to travel onwards from the bus station to Prince Philip Hospital or Parc Trostre for instance, will still be able to do so as the vehicle operating the route will, on most occasions, continue onto these places having changed to be a Service L4 bus at the bus station. Through tickets will be available.
Service X11 / X12 (Swansea - Llanelli - Carmarthen): The timetable of this service is changing with all journeys renumbered as Service X11. Service X12 will cease to exist but customers should note that most journeys are retained, just re-numbered. In addition the route that Service X11 buses take is changing slightly. From 21 July buses will not serve Parc Pemberton, Llansaint or Ferryside. These changes are being made to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of the service. Customers should note that other buses will continue to serve these places so it will still be possible to travel to them.
Service110 (Llanelli - Swansea via Gorseinon), Service 111 (Kidwelly - Swansea via Llanelli & Gorseinon) and Service 112 (Swansea - Llanelli via Gorseinon): Some changes are being made to the buses operating in and around Penygraig (which will be served using service L4 Monday - Friday and Service 111on Sundays) with Service 112 withdrawn. Specifically Service 110 is being altered slightly to operate via Lower Loughnor, Bynea, Llwynhendy and Halfway rather than the Ynyslas and Brynllwchwr Estates. This change means that people living in these estates will need to walk to the stops on the main road to pick up the service.
Service 111 is also being altered slightly to miss out the Ynyslas and Brynllwchwr Estates and instead operate via Upper Loughor, the bypass, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre and Llanelli. This change means that from the 21 July people will have direct access to the retail parks and that the overall journey time between Kidwelly - Swansea will be slightly quicker. Notably people living in the housing estates will be able to pick up the services easily from the stops on the main road. Notably there is no change to Service 111 journeys made on Sundays.
Services 400 (Swansea - Llanelli via Gowerton, Gorseinon, Gorseinon Hospital, Pontarddulais & Prince Phillip Hospital) and 404 (Swansea - Llanelli via Gowerton, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais & Prince Phillip Hospital): The timetables of these two services are changing slightly to reflect that from 21 July they will operate out of Firsts Ravenhill depot rather than its Llanelli one. The changes are minor, but customers are still advised to get hold of the new timetable to ensure that they understand what is happening and how it may impact on them.
The new timetables can be downloaded from the links below.
Service L1, L2, L3 & L4 Timetables (PDF - 48.03 KB)
Service 110, 111 Timetable Monday to Friday (PDF - 106.26 KB)
Service 110, 111 Timetable Saturdays (PDF - 51.79 KB)
Service 111 Timetable Sundays (PDF - 94.85 KB)
Service 111 Timetable Bank Holidays (PDF - 101.59 KB)
Service X11 Timetable (PDF - 45.83 KB)
Service 400, 404 Timetable Monday to Friday (PDF - 55.02 KB)
Service 404 Timetable Sundays (PDF - 87.84 KB)
Service L5 Timetable (PDF - 86.21 KB)
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