DRIVERS are being warned to expect delays in Newcastle Emlyn especially at peak times as roadworks are carried out in the town as part of a £189,000 improvement scheme.

Three-way traffic lights have been installed around Water Street and Emlyn Square, creating tailbacks around the town which one driver who contacted the Tivyside described as “chaos”.

The driver, who did not wish to be named, said: “I came through the town as the schools came out and it was chaos.

“Traffic was backing up along the high street and it did not help that cars were parked on the double yellow lines outside the Co-op and a tanker lorry in front of me could hardly get through. It was ridiculous.”

Carmarthenshire County Council has been awarded £2.8million by the Welsh Government as part of its Safer Routes in the Communities project to spend on improving highways, transport infrastructure and road safety schemes.

And part of that pot of cash is being spent in Newcastle Emlyn, designed to encourage walking and cycling, particularly to schools.

A spokesman for Carmarthenshire County Council said: “This is a £189,000 scheme to enhance active travel routes through the town.

“The schools, local residents and local member have all been involved in the consultation, giving feedback about what to include in the works. They have also been notified about the start date and length of works, which will take eight to 10 weeks to complete.

“The contractors completing the work are Evan Pritchard and G D Harris.”