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Warning to one-way speedsters

Created on 21/03/2011 @ 18:15
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What a difference a month can make!
Just four weeks ago, mywelshpool and our colleagues from the local media were reporting on Welshpool’s traffic fiasco caused by the opening day of the new one-way system.
Traffic lines formed on just about every route into town as residents blew a collective gasket and feared long term logjams through the town.
But a month on and the one-way system appears to be running well... in fact a little too well!
Town Clerk Robert Robinson explained: “There is still some fine tuning to be done – particularly the traffic light flow, pedestrian crossings and signage – but overall it is working very well and without problem.
“In fact the problem now is speeding drivers. There are reports of drivers going well over the speed limit around the one-way which is not acceptable and will be discussed at our weekly meeting with everyone involved in the development. It is not excessive but obviously if the concerns are raised we must discuss and find a solution before it becomes a big problem.”
The main speed spot is believed to be through the Spar Car Park road (pictured) with drivers taking advantage of no oncoming traffic to take the corner by Mark’s Autos at speed, posing a danger to pedestrians unable to stay on the narrow pavement.
Meanwhile, Welshpool is set to go high tech.
Giant 48-inch screens will be positioned next month outside Tesco and the Tourist Information Centre giving visitors a state-of-the-art guide to the town.
The screens will promote what the town has to offer and will include a listing of shops and services that are located in and around the centre. Mr Robinson also said that Tesco has agreed to signage that will direct shoppers to the town centre from its store.
“We’re not finished yet,” said Mr Robinson. “There is still a lot of work to come and we are open to suggestions and constructive criticism from the general public.”
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