SOMEBODY could be killed if a dangerous main road turning is not addressed, concerned community leaders have warned.
The issue of traffic flow on the westbound A548 through Flint was raised during this week’s Flint Town Council meeting.
Members expressed their concerns about vehicles turning right off the A548 up Church Street, which cuts across traffic coming in the opposite direction on the
Flintshire Council has inserted signs further down the road, warning motorists that Church Street is closed on Fridays due to Flint market so the right turning is redundant.
But councillors said drivers are often not aware of the closure and are pulling back onto the bypass into fast moving traffic.
They told the meeting something has to be done to prevent an accident, with calls being made for the road to be coned off on Fridays, a temporary one-way traffic system to be implemented, or bollards to be put in place.
Cllr Jack Johnson said: “Someone is going to get killed.”
Cllr Lorna Jones said she had had a number of near misses around the turning. “It happens particularly with people who don’t normally drive through the town,” she said. “There will be a major accident there.”
Cllr Ian Roberts said it is not only a problem on a Friday.
He said: “It happens on other days.
“People go into the wrong lane and then try and nip out in front of the traffic.
“It is far worse on Fridays because of the market.
“Flintshire Council has put up two enormous signs saying no right turn on the Fridays, but the problem is still there. Drivers won’t wait and you end up with two cars converging. The solution is it needs bollards.
“We need to write to the council about this, expressing our concerns, but the county is already taking action.”
Cllr David Cox believes the signs put up by Flintshire Council need to be placed closer to the turning to warn motorists.
Neal Cockerton, head of assets and transportation at Flintshire Council said: “Highways officers are considering the possibility of enhancing the road signs sited on the approach to the Church Road/A548 Junction and will also take account of the Friday market held in Church Street as part of their assessment.”