Accident fears over Flintshire A55 service station

Reporter:

Matt Jones

TRUCKERS using a service station on one of North Wales’ major roads could cause a serious accident, according to a councillor.

The Singing Kettle stop situated just off the Caerwys exit on the A55 has become a popular spot for HGV drivers heading back from Holyhead.

Fears have been raised that crowded parking is causing potentially dangerous bottlenecks on the road approaching the site.

Whitford councillor Chris Dolphin is calling for action and said the services were not built to be a stopping-off point for large vehicles.

He said: “It seems this is the main stop for lorry drivers coming from Holyhead. It is used by all the large lorries.

“The fear is that there is going to be a major accident. There have been a lot of complaints about the parking there and the police have been involved.”

Previous applications had been made for a truck stop near the site at Caerwys, which has a BP petrol station, Spar, Subway and McDonald’s restaurant.

But opposition from various groups including the Stop the Truck Stop Action Group saw the last set of plans for a site with space for 20 HGVs turned down.

Cllr Dolphin said a truck stop on the site will not help the situation.

A spokesman for Flintshire Council said: “We are aware of the problems and are currently investigating the matter and possible solutions.”

A spokesman for the North Wales Trunk Road Agency said: “We have not received any representations from the local authority or from members of the public in regard to this issue.”

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