Mystery Junction

Birmingham had Spaghetti Junction… Swindon produced its Magic Roundabout… and Pembrokeshire has what I’ve attempted to depict above: something a cross between a junction, a roundabout and a one-way system.

It’s nowhere near as spectacular as Birmingham’s and Swindon’s offerings, but it’s still a contender for some sort of innovative traffic management award.

It’s on the Llys-y-Fran road out of Maenclochog. If you’re coming from Llys-y-Fran and heading for Maenclochog, it’s reasonably straightforward: you take the one-way section (marked on my sketch with an arrow) and then turn left.

But it’s when you’re going from Maenclochog to Llys-y-Fran that problems start to emerge. You can’t turn right into the one-way section, so you press on a very short way to the next junction. But where it looks like you can turn right at this point, the first thing to catch your eye is a prominent No Entry sign. So then, you go past the small traffic island and turn right – awkwardly, back on yourself. At least, that’s what I ended up doing. You can then follow the road round and take a left turn towards Llys-y-Fran.

Wondering if it was just me having problems, I doubled back and went round again.

As if in answer to my question, I saw a driver coming from Maenclochog slow down and stop just past the No Entry sign and by tha small traffic island. I was going to go over and ask if they were similalrly confused, but I didn’t have time before they made the same awkward right turn that I had done.

This time I noticed that the road (marked on my sketch with a ?) appeared to be marked as two-lane, so why the No Entry sign and to what does it refer?

If one had nothing better to do, one could probably spend the day here trying to figure out what was going on.

But, as you’ll probably agree, I’ve spent more than enough time on this mystery already.

Drive carefully!

Image by azmeyart-design at Pixabay

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at

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