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Splott: Pengam Road - Priority Narrowing Removal

The Council is informing residents about plans to make changes to the highway on Pengam Road.

There is an existing priority-narrowing feature on Pengam Road near its junction with Rover Way; this reduces two-way traffic flow down to single file. It is proposed to remove this feature and replace it with a built out tabled zebra crossing. The widening of the footway will increase visibility for pedestrians using the crossing enabling them to see, and be seen by, approaching vehicles. Priority narrowing’s can impede traffic flow, can result in driver aggression, and can lead to bus journey time delays. Removing the priority narrowing will improve bus journey time reliability by helping bus movements.

The above traffic calming measure will improve pedestrian crossing facilities in the area for pedestrians but also assist in reducing vehicle speeds along Pengam Road that creates a safer highway environment for all users along this route.

We would appreciate any comments you may have regarding the proposals. We understand you may have suggestions for other improvements to increase safety along Pengam Road. Due to funding constraints we may be unable to accommodate any significant changes to these plans at this time, however we will keep a record of any suggestions we receive to incorporate into future schemes.

If you would like to make any comments about this proposal please let us know by 21/05/2021 by email to​

Traffic Calming Features

This term refers to specific physical traffic management measures which force drivers to reduce vehicle speeds. These include road humps, speed cushions, speed tables, priority narrowing’s, chicanes, gateways, roundabouts and other similar features.

Zebra Crossing

This type of crossing is suitable for sites with medium levels of pedestrian demand and vehicle flows where a puffin crossing is not justified. They can provide a better level of service for pedestrians as there is no minimum time waiting for the right to cross. They can be usefully combined with build-outs which improve visibility to and from vehicles, reduce crossing distances and clarify that pedestrians are intending to cross the road.

Tabled Zebra Crossing

This is where a zebra crossing includes a speed table, or is sited at a tabled junction, ether as part of a wider set of traffic calming or on its own.

Priority Narrowing

This is a form of traffic calming where build-outs narrow the road so that only one vehicle can pass at a time. In all new road narrowing schemes, one direction is given priority. They can also assist pedestrians to cross as the road is narrowed and visibility is improved. They are most effective where a similar number of vehicles use the road in both directions and there is about 10 to 20 vehicles per minute in the peak hour.
Public consultation was undertaken on a proposal to remove an existing priority narrowing on Pengam Road and replace it with a tabled zebra crossing. The public consultation was undertaken between 30th April 2021 and 21st May 2021.

Consultation Activities

The following activities were undertaken to promote consultation:

  • Letter drop to properties in the vicinity of the scheme 
  • Site notices in the vicinity of the scheme
  • Email to stakeholders and statutory consultees
  • Information on Council Website

Consultation Results

No responses were received regarding the scheme during the public consultation.

Consultation Outcome

In view of the public consultation it is proposed to proceed with the proposal as shown on the attached plan​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.