Lives will put at risk by a Cardiff Council decision to delay a £200,000 road safety scheme at a busy city junction, it has been claimed.
The second phase of traffic signal improvements were planned to start at the Llanedeyrn Interchange on the A48 next year.
The project, at the junction of Southern Way, was designed to reduce congestion following the death of a motorist in April 2010.
John Lovell, 69, who owned the John Lovell Betting Exchange, was killed when his car was crushed by an overturned articulated lorry.
But the council’s new Labour administration says there have been no major accidents since the first phase of signal works and there are now more “pressing uses” for the money.
At last week’s cabinet meeting, Councillor Ralph Cook, member for planning and transport, said: “It’s not completely thrown out, but it’s not going to proceed this year.”
Cardiff Central’s Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Willott said it was a “disgraceful move” that would “undo vital work aimed at saving lives”.
“Despite some horrendous accidents and a death, Labour seem willing to put lives at risk,” she said. “I cannot imagine how the families of those who have been injured or lost their lives at Llanedeyrn interchange feel about Labour’s short-sighted decision.
“Phase one of the safety improvements was a real success, but the second phase of the plans is needed to ensure that we avoid further tragedies.”
Liberal Democrat group leader Coun Judith Woodman said:
“I have lost count of the number of residents who have complained about the safety of the roundabout over the years.
“Lib Dem councillors in Penylan and Pentwyn made the case for those improvements and secured broad agreement for them, so I am totally shocked that Labour have decided not to undertake the work.”
A council spokeswoman said traffic had dropped “significantly” since the installation of the first phase of signals in 2010. She said:
“The five-year accident history before the traffic signal improvements in 2010 indicates that there had been one fatality and also one serious accident.
“Accident reports since phase one show that no serious accidents have occurred, which indicates that the infrastructure already in place is proving successful in tackling the issues previously faced on the western side of the interchange.
“Further improvements to signalise the Southern Way approach to the junction are not urgently required to manage the traffic demand. However, the traffic flows and operation of the junction will be kept under review to identify an appropriate time for the second phase of improvements to be completed.”