A “vital” pedestrian crossing in Tycroes has been backed by the Welsh Government thanks to Llanelli AM Lee Waters and Councillor Tina Higgins.

The duo have secured Welsh Government backing for a pedestrian crossing assessment to be carried out on the A483 Ammanford Road.

Following a meeting held between Mr Waters, Cllr Higgins and officials from Welsh Government, the Transport Minister Ken Skates wrote to confirm the assessment will be carried out by April.

Mr Waters called for the meeting following concerns raised by Cllr Higgins that there was no safe place for Tycroes residents to cross the busy main road, which cuts through the village.

Mr Waters said: “I’m very pleased the Welsh Government has agreed to carry out a full assessment on the potential for a pedestrian crossing in Tycroes.

“The A483 is a busy road and crossing it can really worry people - particularly older people and those with young children.

“It’s only right that something is done to address these concerns.”

The assessment will take place as Welsh Government considers the implementation of parking restrictions on the main road, including the application of yellow lines down at least one side.

“Yellow lines are often used to free-up roads - improving the line of sight for motorists, which gives them the confidence to drive faster,” added Mr Waters.

“If these are introduced in Tycroes it’s likely traffic volumes will increase and speeds will rise, which will only make the need for a safe crossing even more urgent.

“I’ll continue to press the Government to ensure the road doesn’t cause a deep division in the village.”

Cllr Higgins said: “I’m delighted we’ve already received confirmation that the assessment will take place.

“Tycroes is a tight-knit community and a safe crossing is vital if people are to be able to get around our village.”

The letter from Mr Skates states: “I am pleased to confirm that funding has been identified for a pedestrian crossing assessment to be carried out, in the current financial year, on the area of A483 Ammanford Road, Tycroes that was identified during the site visit.

“This assessment will determine if a crossing facility is required and if so, where the best location would be a what type of crossing would be most appropriate.”