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One-way work falls behind schedule

Created on 20/06/2019 @ 07:32
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Contractors who are tweaking Welshpool’s one-way system have been given an ultimatum to finish before the school holidays, or come back in the autumn.

It comes following the revelation that a problem over a lack of lighting on Brook Street means the work is running two-three weeks behind schedule.

Brook Street was due to re-open to two-way traffic on Friday, but that won’t be happening now after the Welsh Government added the lighting workload only last week.

Whilst accepting the work is essential, Town Clerk Robert Robinson, who meets with the contractors every other day, said that it must not impact the all-important summer holidays.

“Work is progressing well, but this is a set back and it means that Brook Street won’t be open to two-way traffic this week after all,” he said.

“The road closures are happening to make it safer for everyone but I will be telling the contractors that if the work is not finished by the third week of July, they will have to come back in the autumn to finish off.”

The summer holiday tourists provide a big economic shot in the arm for the town’s businesses, with some saying they have already felt the squeeze from the ongoing work.

Mr Robinson also said that he will be talking to contractors about the area outside the Westwood after a low loader carrying a wide static caravan only narrowly squeezed between the new zebra crossing lighting, but was forced to mount the pavement to continue down Salop Road. The worrying incident was witnessed by MyWelshpool and it red flagged a potential safety hazard which Mr Robinson said he will gladly raise.

PICTURE: Owain Betts.



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