Road safety fears near Wrexham country park

Reporter:

Andrew Boyd

A COMMUNITY leader fears a fatal accident will happen near a Wrexham beauty spot unless action is taken.

Llay Community Councillor Terry Boland is pushing for a new crossing to be installed on the B5425 New Road near the Llay entrance to Alyn Waters Country Park to help increase safety for walkers and cyclists.

Last year Wrexham Council officers recommended the road, which runs from Rhosddu to Llay, be one of four in Wrexham made a priority for new road safety measures.

The area by the park is classed as a 30mph speed limit but falls close to a 60mph zone and there is no crossing outside the park entrance.

Cllr Boland said: “I really fear we will have somebody killed or seriously injured near the park unless something is done. I am calling for a crossing to be installed.

“I have heard parents say they will not let their children go to Alyn Waters because they are frightened about what will happen to them when they try to cross the road. That is a great shame because it is such a nice park.

“This is a very busy road and there have been concerns raised about how dangerous it is.”

Figures released last year showed there were three crashes resulting in death or serious injury on the B5425 during the previous five years and 72 people suffered minor injuries.

However, Wrexham Council has said no injuries are known to have been sustained by walkers of cyclists outside the country park in the past five years.

Cllr Malcolm Williams, who represents Llay on Wrexham Council, said he and Cllr Peter Davies have been involved in an ongoing campaign for a road crossing to be installed. He said assurances have been given by Wrexham Council about looking at installing new safety measures and Llay Community Council has helped fund previous improvements.

Cllr Williams said: “We have been keen to see a new crossing put there and for the 30mph limit to cover a wider area, as we currently have traffic still going quite quickly as it approaches the park.”

Cllr David Bithell, Wrexham’s lead member for environment and transport, said crossings have previously been installed along the B5425 to help improve road safety and one can be found less than 200 metres away from the entrance to Alyn Waters.

"In the previous five years there have no recorded injury collisions involving pedestrians or cyclists in the vicinity,” he said.

"The B5425 through Llay is currently the subject of a prioritised programme of speed limit reviews across the county borough. Proposals have been developed in consultation with local members to extend the existing 30mph speed limit out towards Wrexham by installing new street lighting.”

He added: “These works form part a wider programme of speed limit proposals on the B5425 between Wrexham and Llay.

“Although we are still in the consultation process we hope these works will be carried out in the future.”

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