Safety revamp plea for danger road rejected

Reporter:

Lois Hough

ROAD safety improvements look unlikely to be made at an accident blackspot in Hawarden in the near future.

An 18-year-old man suffered injuries to his arm and knee on Tuesday, August 30, when a Renault Clio crashed on the B5125 Glynne Way just yards from the site where David ‘Dewi’ Foulkes, 23, from Mancot, was killed in August 2009.

The Leader reported that Hawarden councillor Clive Carver called for traffic calming measures along Glynne Way, but council chiefs say the road is not wide enough to install them safely.

Neal Cockerton, head of assets and transportation at Flintshire Council, said:
"There are currently no agreed proposals for this section of road.

“The provision of a central refuge on the bend by Castle Rise has previously been considered but the road is not wide enough to ensure that such a measure could be installed safely.

“The introduction of chicanes has not been considered, but the bend in the road by Castle Rise could cause problems with visibility for motorists approaching such a feature if it were in place.”

Cllr Carver also called for the 60mph speed limit to be slashed on the approach to the village to ensure drivers have slowed down their vehicles in good time to enter the 30mph zone.

But transport chiefs say that speeding is not a problem in the village.

Mr Cockerton added: “There is no evidence that traffic speeds are excessive in this location and this is reflected in the low number of accidents recorded on this section of road.

“The road is restricted to 30 mph, and the imposition for a lower limit cannot be justified on this ‘B’ class road.”

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