Plans to cut speed on death crash Flintshire roads

Reporter:

Matt Jones

REDUCED speed limits could be introduced on dangerous roads where two motorcyclists were killed in less than a year.

David Bowen, 44, from Bryn y Baal, Mold, died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car on Broughton Mills Road, close to Broughton Shopping Park, in April, and John Hemmings, 54, of Red Hall Avenue, Connah’s Quay, was killed in an accident on the Mold Road bend between Northop and Connah’s Quay in October last year when his motorcycle was in collision with a car.

Flintshire Council will now consult on plans to improve both roads, making them safer.

Cllr Tony Sharps, executive member for environment, said: “I am pleased to announce the launch of a period of consultation relating to a reduction in the current speed limits on the A5104 and B5126.

“Both of the proposals are intended to reduce the risk of accidents along these sections of road and provide safer conditions for all road users.”

The proposal for the A5104 will introduce a 40mph limit from the Broughton village boundary to a point east of the Broughton Mills Road junction.

Cllr Sharps said: “On the B5126 Northop to Connah’s Quay road on a section of road from Celyn College, Northop, to the outskirts of Connah’s Quay, will see the introduction of a 40mph limit for the section around Northop, from the college to a point on the Connah’s Quay side of the Northop Hall junction.

“From then on towards Connah’s Quay, the limit will be 50mph.”

There will also be some minor amendments to the speed limit on the A5119 either side of Northop village.

On May 10 a procession of motorcyclists turned out to accompany Mr Bowen’s coffin to his funeral.

The much-loved father-of-three worked for a contracting firm based at JCB in Wrexham.

The crash happened as he took his recently finished “chopper” out for the first time to get an MOT.

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