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Changes to one-way system are on the way

Created on 12/04/2017 @ 10:51
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Changes to Welshpool’s controversial one-way system are on the way it has been confirmed by Welsh Government.

In a letter to County Councillor Graham Breeze the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Mr Ken Skates, says Broad Street will be reduced to single lane traffic and new parking arrangements are on the way.

And the Government is still investigating Welshpool Town Council proposals to return Brook Street and Union Street to two-way traffic.

The councillor says he wrote to the Cabinet Secretary after being inundated by residents, concerned about safety on Broad Street.

In his response Mr Skates said: “As part of the investigations a study into the parking and crossing arrangements on Broad Street has been completed and I have asked my officials to take forward the recommendations of the report.

“This comprises the detailed design of single lane running on Broad Street, improvements to parking arrangements and the provision of a controlled pedestrian crossing adjacent to the Town Hall.”

 “The study into the one-way system at Welshpool is ongoing. This includes the consideration of converting Brook Street to two-way traffic. The report will be available in the Spring.

“The works to improve the pedestrian crossing facility at the junction of Jehu Road and High Street have been completed.

“The improvements to the traffic signals at Morrison’s junction on Berriew Road and at The Cross have also been completed,” he added.

The news was welcomed by Councillor Breeze. “The study was put in place by Edwina Hart when she was Minister for Economy Science and Transport after she visited Welshpool,” he said.

“In two-lane format Broad Street is a nightmare for both motorists and pedestrians and it is nothing short of a miracle that no-one has been killed.

“The system is flawed and it is fantastic news that the Government has listened to the people of Welshpool.

“Introducing a one-lane system will improve safety, increase short-term parking facilities and put an end to the double parking. The controlled crossing is an absolute must to stop pedestrians taking their lives into their own hands every time they try to cross the road.

“I am also delighted that the investigation into Brook Street and Union Street is ongoing. When homes and businesses were surveyed 78% said they wanted the road returning to a two-way system and Welshpool Business Forum also supported the proposal.”

In July 2015 Welshpool Town Council voted unanimously to press for Brook Street and Union Street to return to a two-way system. The council surveyed homes and business in the streets and adjoining streets and 78% were in favour of the proposal.

The council says the change would reduce Broad Street and High Street traffic, remove the bottleneck situation alongside the new NFU building and improve pedestrian crossing.

In a door to door survey carried out in 2012 of 897 households 85% were in favour of the streets returning to a two-way system and there was a similar response from a public meeting.

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