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No plans to end Cefn Bridge nightmare

Created on 10/04/2019 @ 09:50
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The Welsh Government has conceded that it has no plans to improve the safety at Cefn Bridge, and said there is no end in sight to remove the temporary traffic lights following a recent accident.

The bridge has been the site of numerous serious crashes in recent years, but despite the Welsh Government saying they are well aware of the danger, they won’t be making it safer any time soon.

Responding to an urgent request for information from local Councillor, Amanda Jenner, the senior officer at the Trunk Road Agency replied.

“Cefn Bridge has been identified previously as a Local Safety Scheme site due to the numbers of injury accidents at this site,” it reads. “Whilst improvements to date have reduced both accident numbers and severity, there are ongoing collisions at the site as witnessed by the recent incident and subsequent works.

“Welsh Government will continue to monitor the site and if necessary consider further safety measures. Additional measures are not currently planned as part of the (current) repair works. Once the repairs are complete the temporary traffic lights will be removed.”

The lights have been causing traffic delays since a lorry crashed through the bridge which carries traffic over the railway line.

Despite the urgency required, little progress has been made with the lights expected to be manually controlled at peak times over Bank Holiday in a bid to ease potential traffic congestion.

“The inspection from trackside has taken place and thus the parapet replacement design is ongoing,” the officer continued. “This includes working with the specialist contractors necessary due to working above a live railway.

“A date is not yet known for when the physical works will take place – as I have previously mentioned the situation here is a complicated one hence why the process is a long and slow one. Rest assured we are working to get the temporary traffic lights removed at the earliest opportunity.

“We are gearing up to manually control the lights over the Bank Holiday period and thus manage traffic flows to minimise delays.”

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