NO SOLUTION is in sight for a notorious route into Wrexham town centre more than a year after a one-way trial caused traffic chaos.
A meeting has been held between Wrexham Council representatives and Network Rail officials in an to attempt to find a solution to long-standing safety issues surrounding Stansty Bridge in Rhosddu.
The narrow road is a key route in and around the town centre.
Due to a number of collisions and people scraping their cars or losing wing mirrors under the bridge, alternative solutions have been deliberated for years.
But Wrexham Council has admitted that securing funding for the improvements would be ‘extremely difficult’ and it would also need to consider the merits and prioritisation of such a scheme.
In September last year, the authority trialled a one-way system under the bridge. It was ultimately scrapped after a backlash from residents and motorists who were unhappy with the chaos it caused.
The trial, which cost £30,000, was launched in response to safety concerns over the narrowness of the bridge.
But in a consultation, which received 600 responses, only 10 per cent of people wanted the one-way system and footpath improvements to be made permanent. Two petitions were also received in opposition to the idea.
A council spokesman said: “It’s widely acknowledged that options to improve conditions for road users through Stansty Tunnel are limited and constrained by a number of issues, notably the two operational railway over-bridges.
“A number of deliverable options have been considered, tested and in some cases trialled, none of which have proved operationally or publically acceptable. Any improvements over what has already been considered would require significant investment.
“Securing the necessary resources to realise improvements at this location would be extremely difficult in the current financial climate. Alongside this, consideration would also need to be given to the merits and prioritisation of improvements to the Stansty Tunnel area alongside other necessary transport schemes elsewhere in the county borough.”
Rhosddu community councillor Madge Lynch: “It’s a frustrating thing. We believe that it’s needed but there are other things that other people feel are more important.
“We’ve tried so many ways and the only way we’ve found is to put in a tunnel. But the financial situation is being faced by everyone across Wrexham and there may be other priorities.
“It’s very frustrating as when the bridge was one-way, it was quite a catastrophe for motorists, but for residents living this side of the bridge it was very nice with less traffic, which improved safety.”
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, who arranged the meeting says it is ‘vital’ that talks continute.
“Constituents have contacted me over the years regarding the on-going issues at the Stansty Bridge so I arranged for representatives from the relevant groups and organisations to meet and discuss the situation,” she said.
“The one-way system introduced last year was a positive, well-intended effort to alleviate the traffic issues but unfortunately, the scheme proved to be unpopular.
“I was grateful to the Network Rail officials who attended the meeting for their insight. Many good ideas were raised. I believe it is vital that talks continue to attempt to find a satisfactory solution once and for all.”