ACCIDENTS could increase again if traffic calming measures are reversed.
That is the fear of residents and community councillors in Caia Park who are appealing to Wrexham Council to replace “build-outs” on Cefn Road which will be ripped out during resurfacing work.
The county council is proposing to replace existing traffic restrictions, which reduce the width of the road in some parts to a single lane, with regular speed bumps and 20mph signs.
But residents do not believe they will be as effective.
Cllr Brian Pritchard told a meeting of Caia Park Community Council there were concerns voiced at a tenants meeting that the number of accidents would increase again because traffic would speed up, especially around the junction with Thornleigh.
He said: “The biggest danger here is someone getting killed.
“The build-outs work and what we don’t want is to be sitting here in the future after someone’s been killed saying we shouldn’t have let them take them away.”
The community is also calling for the traffic calming measures to extend to the Holt Road roundabout instead of ending just before Abbeyfield Day Nursery.
The resurfacing work will be carried out between the Cefn Road junctions with Churchill Drive and Holt Road.
Cllr Pritchard added: “The plans stop at number 54 Cefn Road and yet beyond that there have been eight crashes in 11 years at that same spot. It doesn’t go far enough, it’s got to go as far as the Greyhound pub [on the corner of Cefn Road and Holt road].”
Cllr Malcolm King also urged the community council to express strong opposition to the proposal.
He said: “I’m not convinced by this at all.
“The people we really want to slow down don’t really care if their suspension goes because of speed bumps. And the more responsible drivers will slow down anyway.
“I think the build-outs have been the most effective traffic calming measure I’ve seen.”
But John Bradbury, head of environment at Wrexham Council, said a consultation regarding traffic calming measures in Cefn Road was taking place and no decision had yet been made.
Caia Park Community Council will write to the county council to express their deep concerns at the possibility of losing the build-outs.