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One-way scheme in Wrexham 'should be abandoned'

Published date: 14 January 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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COUNCILLORS are hoping a controversial one-way scheme in Wrexham has been abandoned.

Stansty Road in Rhosddu was temporarily converted due to safety fears.

But the move prompted a backlash from residents and councillors as well as commuters from further afield.

The decision by Wrexham Council to cut traffic along the narrow stretch under Stansty Bridge has had a huge effect on traffic around the town.

Shortly after the trial period and consultation came to an end in November, Lee Robinson, strategic and performance director for the council, said most of the feedback had “not been that positive”.

Arfon Jones, councillor for Gwersyllt West, hopes the scheme has been shelved.
He said: “I think the one-way idea will die a quiet death.

“Everything’s gone back to normal since the trial came to an end and the traffic’s been fine again.

“It was a big problem for people from Gwersyllt getting into town and most were totally against it. I hope this will be the end of it.”

Brynyffynnon councillor Phil Wynn, whose ward, particularly Mold Road, was plagued by traffic jams, believes Stansty Road will remain two-way.

“I know sensors have been put in on Mold Road to monitor the traffic and it will be interesting to see what it records,” he said.

“It’s all gone very quiet from the council but we need to know what’s going one way or the other – whether we’ve still got something to worry about or whether we can forget about it.”

Rhosddu councillor Steve Wilson agreed he did not want the one-way system to return but said his main concern was the possibility money given to Wrexham Council from the Welsh Government for any permanent changes would have to go back if not used.

“I’d like to see the money stay in the area.

“Something needs to be done but the fact the road goes under a railway line makes everything more awkward.”

John Bradbury, head of environment for the council, confirmed the outcome of the consultation would soon be revealed.

He said: “Following the completion of the evaluation process a report is currently being drafted and will be circulated to members in the near future.”

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