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Traffic lights not the answer to bridge problems

Created on 20/11/2017 @ 18:34
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Traffic lights over a local road bridge would cause delays and alternatives need to be found to allow pedestrians to cross safely, according to residents and local politicians.

Public consultation is currently underway to work out the best method for allowing pedestrians to walk over Caersws bridge, which is part of the A470 trunk road.

A trial using traffic lights in May didn’t work, according to Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George, who said up to 15 cars ended up queuing on weither side of the bridge, causing traffic delays.

Mr Groeg and local Powys county councillor Les George have said the traffic light scenario is “unworkable.”

Both are are urging residents to respond to a Welsh Government consultation. 
The Welsh Government consultation, which is open until 31st January 2018, lists four improvement options including:
·         additional signage (pedestrian warning signs) and road markings (ARAF/SLOW)
·         a permanent traffic signal control, single file traffic lane and footway on the road bridge
·         a new footbridge attached to the existing grade 2 listed bridge
·         a new stand-alone footbridge
Mr George said: “There is community opposition to the option of a traffic light system which would be impractical and I believe would cause excessive traffic congestion. The trial in May seems to have provided irrefutable evidence that this would be the case and as such, traffic lights wouldn't be the right option for Caersws.
"I’m pleased that the Welsh Government has published what seems to be a genuinely open consultation with a range of options to be considered and I would encourage residents to take part and provide their views. 
“Almost a year ago, I was pleased to join members of the Caersws Bridge Action Group to show Ken Skates AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, the danger of pedestrian access over the existing bridge."
Cllr. Les George added: “Pedestrians including school children currently have to dice with death when crossing the current bridge – having to face on-coming lorries travelling at speed on what is a main arterial route from North to South.
"I have never thought that a traffic light system would be the best option for Caersws and the recent trial seems to have supported this view. It would create unnecessary congestion in the centre of the village and we don't want to be in a position whereby we create another problem by resolving another.
“I would therefore encourage residents to formally respond to this important consultation.
"Also, if anybody wants to speak to us about this issue in more detail and needs help filling in a hard copy of the consultation, please come along to our next advice surgery which will take place on Thursday 30th November between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at the Caersws Village Club."
The Welsh Government consultation is open until 31st January 2018 and can be completed using the online form here:

Photo: Cllr Les George and Russell George AM at Caersws bridge

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