Campaigners win long-running battle for safer crossing


Emily Davies

A LONG-RUNNING battle to bring road safety improvements to a residential part of Chirk is finally over.
Residents living in Castle Walks had spent four years calling for a “dangerous” roundabout at the junction of Castle Road to be removed in favour of a T-junction after witnessing several motorists going around the island the wrong way, while others completely ignored it.
But now, following a month of roadworks the T-junction they craved has finally arrived.
Graham Jones, who first spoke to the Advertizer about his fears regarding the roundabout 12 months ago, said: “Just walking past you can see the layout of the road is so much better.
“It’s great to know public support can make a difference.”
But the residents’ battle hasn’t stopped there.
They are now calling on Wrexham County Borough Council to remove speed ramps installed further along Castle Road
Mr Jones continued: “Apparently it’s not a council issue any speeding along here, it’s down to the police.
“People have been saying the ramps should be removed becausethey are damaging their cars, but you have to think about human life and if people slowed down it wouldn’t damage their cars.”
Councillor Terry Evans, who represents Chirk South and has worked with the residents regarding their concerns, said: “Castle Walks junction looks really good now.
“But I don’t know what is going to happen with the speed ramps or if they are going to be removed - that is something for the future.”

ROAD SAFETY: Campaigner Graham Jones with the new T-junction at Castle Walks in Chirk.
Picture: Huw Davies (HD270214)

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