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One-way tunnel trial will make roads worse, claims petition

Published date: 21 September 2012 |
Published by: Andrew Boyd
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AN ONLINE petition has been launched calling for a controversial one-way system to be scrapped.

Gwersyllt West councillor Arfon Jones has set up an i-petition opposing the new traffic management system along Stansty Road, Wrexham, which comes into force on a trial basis next Thursday.

The creation of the petition follows a barrage of comments posted on the Leader website and Facebook page.

Many of the comments have criticised the trial system, saying it would cause ‘chaos’.

Cllr Jones, who on the petition described the plan as “the dumbest traffic management suggestion in a long time,” hopes taking this action will help prevent the plan progressing.

He said: “I think the changes are going to make things worse. A lot of people have said they are concerned about it. I believe it is a waste of time to do it.”

Cllr Jones said the new system would affect many motorists from his ward, even though he is not the local member for the location.

The message on the petition states: “We the undersigned call upon Wrexham County Borough Council to abandon its proposals to make Stansty Road/Stansty Bridge a one-way traffic system as the proposal will increase traffic at other bottlenecks on the northern and western sides of the town.

“There is no doubt that this proposal, if agreed, will increase congestion, fuel use and greater delays and longer commutes for a large number of road users.”

Concerns have long been expressed at the narrow nature of the Stansty Road tunnel when traffic moves in both directions and there have been several comments of support for the proposals on the Leader website.

Grosvenor councillor Steve Wilson and Stansty councillor David Bithell, whose wards both cover the tunnel area, have also expressed their initial support for the proposal.

However, they have also stated their wish for the success of the trial period to be properly scrutinised before any permanent decision is made.

A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “During the trial period, the council will monitor traffic flows and consult with residents, businesses, emergency services and other interested parties to find their level of support for the scheme and whether a permanent solution should be progressed.”

The road will be closed from Monday to make adjustments before the experiment begins on Thursday.

A widened footpath is being created, with the one-way system in favour of vehicles travelling from Rhosddu Road towards Plas Coch retail park.

Wrexham Council has dismissed claims the installation of the new footpath indicates the new system will be permanent.

The spokesman said it is only a temporary measure using scaffolding and it will be taken down at the end of the trial.

The petition can be viewed by visiting www.ipetitions.
com/petition/congestion-wrexham-town-centre/.

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  1. Posted by: greg2512 at 09:55 on 21 September 2012 Report

    the idiot (Cllr Jones) who claimed there had never been any trouble on the Old Mold Road before the cars were scratched the other day even though the same thing happened only weeks before, has actually got something right. Making this a one way system is an idiotic idea and would put extra traffic through the already extremely busy roads in and around town at rush hour

  2. Posted by: leewxm at 10:28 on 21 September 2012 Report

    "Widen the footpath" - what planet are these people on... So we can predict the money will be spent to widen the footpath. It will fail in a month, then they will remove the footpath and consider a footbridge. Why not do a proper job and take out the bridge for a day and put a new wider one in .. Yes there is a cost invoilved with rail disruption but these things are plugged in and out these days in normal council areas.

  3. Posted by: daisymay at 15:16 on 21 September 2012 Report

    Where do I sign. I cannot get onto www,ipetitions.

  4. Posted by: ste.crispin at 20:39 on 21 September 2012 Report

    New bridge expensive.It must mean a tunnel to sort out the Rhosddu railway bridge problem. A tunnel from the Total Fitness site to the waste ground at the bottom of Crispin Lane. The road could be widened under the bridge and the pedestrians could have a wideish well lite walkway/tunell under the the railwayline. Yes expensive too, but nos so as new bridge and a perminant souloution. At last.

  5. Posted by: ste.crispin at 20:41 on 21 September 2012 Report

    New bridge expensive.It must mean a tunnel to sort out the Rhosddu railway bridge problem. A tunnel from the Total Fitness site to the waste ground at the bottom of Crispin Lane. The road could be widened under the bridge and the pedestrians could have a wideish well lite walkway/tunell under the the railwayline. Yes expensive too, but not a so as a new bridge and a perminant souloution. At last.

  6. Posted by: worried4wrexham at 09:57 on 22 September 2012 Report

    What forethought, get a supermarket to pay for road widening in advance. Mr Sainsbury - send them the bill! What next? Mr B&Q to widen Berse Road to save their embarrassment upon completion of the Croesnewydd Road work? The traffic has to go somewhere so other residents will suffer more - Grosvenor Road is already a bottleneck. And 'doing it for the pedestrians', does anyone in Wrexham Highways truly know what it is like to try to walk around the streets and feel safe?

  7. Posted by: rhosddu1 at 13:11 on 19 October 2012 Report

    Another badly thought out idea by wrexham council, whilst they are trying to encourage the people of wrexham to reduce energy and reduce wrexhams carbon footprint on there own website they come up with an idea that is causing people to travel further than they need to getting stuck in traffic jams undoing any benefit that has been made through different environmental ideas. The real problem is that some people have no idea how to drive under there.

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