Chirk bypass campaign gains momentum

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

A CAMPAIGN demanding that a killer road is re-shaped to make it safer is gaining momentum – and may go all the way to the Prime Minister.

Over the years there have been a string of serious accidents on the A5 Chirk bypass.

The latest of these came on March 22 when two men were killed in a horrific smash on the bridge over the River Ceiriog.

Immediately afterwards, Chirk resident Sally Poppit started a campaign to have the A5 made a dual carriageway between Ruabon and Nescliffe, near Shrewsbury.

Named ROAR – Redesign Our A5 Road – the campaign now has more than 500 members on social networking site Facebook.

Sally said: “It is still vitally important that safety measures are introduced on this road, which has caused so many serious accidents and fatalities.

“We are in the process of gathering evidence for our campaign and our next move is to try get a petition on the 10 Downing Street website.

“I have noticed that since the temporary 40mph restriction over the bridge the road has been a lot safer but I have still seen people trying to overtake on there.”

Since the accident, teams of highways contractors have been working to replace safety barriers on the parapet destroyed when they were hit by one of the vehicles involved, a fully-laden cattle truck.

With traffic on the busy arterial route between North Wales and the Midlands slowed down to 40mph, work has been going ahead behind a steel “containment” shield.

This was completed last Thursday night but the rest of the work – repainting road markings and putting back central “cats eyes” studs – was put on hold until after the bank holiday when the aim is to complete it in just one night.

David Cooil, network manager for the North Wales Trunk Road Agency which is in charge of the operation, said: “It will be done at the same time as the remainder of the routine work now nearing completion on the Halton roundabout.

“Like this, the work on the bridge will be done overnight, possibly on April 12.”

The double death tragedy happened between the Halton and Gledrid roundabouts when a white Mercedes estate car was in collision with the cattle truck and an empty chemical tanker just before 4.30pm.

The accident claimed the lives of Stuart Davies, 45, an Airbus worker from Mold, who was driving the car, and 43-year-old William Thomas Hefion Jones, from Cardigan, who was at the wheel of the cattle truck. The driver of the tanker escaped with a minor head injury.

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