Mold junction fears grow after pensioner stuck

Published date: 11 April 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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AN 81-year-old motorist became stranded at a controversial junction.

Residents who have campaigned for road signs to prevent similar crashes happening near a Mold supermarket said they hope Flintshire Council will now take notice.

John Evans, from Hawarden, was driving along Lead Mills Road towards the Tesco roundabout in Mold yesterday morning when he made a right turn to enter the Farmfoods car park.

But Mr Evans, his wife Wendy and their silver Vauxhall Astra became marooned on the central reservation.

The low concrete barrier, which covers about two square feet, separates the entrance and exit routes at the store’s car park.

Resident Ken Lunt, who lives on Parc Alun, said the accident had been waiting to happen.

“Time and time again I’ve told the council there was going to be an accident there but they won’t listen. According to the council there’s no right turn but where are the signs?”

“I’m glad it’s happened,” he added. “At least it will bring the matter to the attention of the county council.”

No one was injured in yesterday’s collision but another Parc Alun resident said it was lucky nothing more serious had happened.

She said although people are not supposed to turn right into the supermarket car park, cars habitually did so – causing traffic queues, preventing residents exiting St David’s Lane opposite and causing some drivers to lost their temper and behave irresponsibly.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said. “We’ve been waiting for it happen.

“We’ve been asking for something to be done about the road since it was built.”

Yesterday police officers controlled traffic while they used wooden blocks to help manoeuvre the car from where it had become trapped and into a parking bay.

Mrs Evans, 78, said her husband had never before been involved in a car accident and the couple could not understand what  happened.

“He’s always so careful,” she said. “But we’re not hurt. That’s the main thing.”

Neal Cockerton, Flintshire’s head of assets and transportation, said: “The right turn is prohibited by the double white lines laid in front of the Farmfoods entrance.”

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  1. Posted by: dukedom at 16:24 on 11 April 2014 Report

    Two square feet!-have a look at photo- separation island must be 20 feet long AND shape means you cannot turn in right off main road . Car in photo is way off line to even use in road part of island. Mr Cockerton- you can cross a white line to drive into a junction can you not- except this one is not available!!

  2. Posted by: RolandCleth at 16:39 on 14 April 2014 Report

    As well as having to undergo a practical driving test, it would also be a good idea for over-70's to relearn the highway code too.

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