A driver brakes almost to a standstill when it becomes apparent just how much of a dangerous obstruction the notorious and dangerous Westbourne Road "traffic table"

A driver brakes almost to a standstill when it becomes apparent just how  dangerous the notorious car-wrecking Westbourne Road “traffic table” really is

Penarth Town Councillor Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)  is calling  on the Vale of Glamorgan Council to take urgent action to repair and re-profile the speed hump – or so called “traffic table” in Westbourne Road

Cllr Ernest says the notorious hump – at the junction with Clinton Road – should be sorted out before  it causes more damage to passing traffic.

A wheel's eye view of the Labour controlled Vale Council's most notorious and dangerous road obstruction

A wheel’s eye view of the Labour controlled Vale Council’s most notorious and dangerous road obstruction

The raised tarmac table – which doesn’t carry a zebra crossing – , was he says, supposed to provide a safer crossing for pedestrians, but was “dangerously constructed” . Now it’s proving to be “a hazard to unwitting vehicle drivers who suddenly come across the table whilst travelling up or down Westbourne Road.”

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Ernest says “I have driven over this road hump on numerous occasions as I visit my constituents in the area, but have noticed that for many years there is dangerous subsidence on the left side which can easily wreck a vehicle’s steering system if a wheel accidentally goes into this depression” .

He says “Unfortunately the Vale of Glamorgan Council has done absolutely nothing to make the table safer despite their knowing that the road hump is constructed in a dangerous manner, and I am now calling on their highway engineeers to give urgent attention to this road hazard  – which is causing problems to motorists who unknowingly hit the raised table in darkness or bad light when the hump is very difficult to pick out.”

Superficially the "traffic table" looks like just a gentle slope - in fact there's a dip in the road before front wheels hit the ramp.

Superficially the “traffic table” looks as if it’s  just a gentle slope – in fact there’s a dip in the road before front wheels hit the ramp.

Cllr Ernest says he sure that “many motorists in and around the Plymouth Ward would agree with me that this failure needs to be fixed at the earliest opportunity” . He’s inviting local residents to contact him at so that he can forward their concerns to the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

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  1. Martin Coffee says:

    We’re hearing a lot from Penarth Town Councillor Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) these days. Is there an election coming up? I reckon he’s after the motorist vote. Me? I’ll support someone who campains to deal with the dangerous and illegal parking in Penarth.

    PS What with general elections, referendums, and American elections I’ve had enough of politicians for a long while. Hopefully someone can allay my fears on more elections on the immediate horizon.

    • Frank Evans says:

      With the way things are going, if you stand you or bettybagman stands they might just get in.

  2. Anne Greagsby says:

    Haven’t heard Cllr Ernest object to the bus priority lane proposed for Westbourne Rd just for buses from the park and ride scheme from Cosmeston to Cardiff via the barrage as in the LDP. These buses won’t stop on their route and will reduce parking spaces throughout Penarth.

  3. Steve says:

    Man wants thing that stops people speeding on road to be lessened, so that people can speed on road again.

    • Bobby says:

      I assume you’re either not familiar with this ramp or drive a 4×4 Steve. I have to slow to about 10mph to avoid damaging my car on the ramp when heading towards town but many like me know its there so if no one is coming the other way go on the opposite side of the road where the ramp is a lot smoother and only need to slow to about 20ish. These traffic calming measures are there for that purpose; to calm traffic, not to cause damage to vehicles. What makes this ramp worse is that there is only one white warning triangle on the ramp which is also worn; I wonder if that makes it illegal?

      • Steve says:

        I drive it every week. Doesn’t bother me as I know how to slow down and approach a hazard carefully. As it’s a residential road I drive the whole of it with caution.

      • Bobby says:

        Glad to hear it Steve. If everyone took that approach to driving we wouldn’t need traffic calming in the first place.

  4. snoggerdog says:

    call it a trump,at the junction of clinton.

  5. Penarthal says:

    Bus lane in Westbourne Rd? I need to hear more. First I’ve read about it.

  6. The Tax payer says:

    With the state or the roads in the Penarth area why do we need speed humps ! Can Cllr Ernest answer this ??

  7. Ian Perry says:

    The footpath (and cycle way) on Westbourne Road was also designed by someone totally clueless… Somebody should have taken responsibility for providing a footpath too narrow for many pedestrians, never mind those who require a wheelchair – and as for the cycle way… Totally unsuitable for children, for whom it appears to have been built.

    There is a lack of thinking in the council – or perhaps the officers and some councillors are laughing at the public who pay for their novel ideas for wasting money?

    • Martin Coffee says:

      The cycle lane leading off Dock Hill is downright dangerous to pedestrians. There is no vision for pedestrians proceeding downhill.

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