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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Councillor discusses speeding problems

Llangollen county councillor Stuart Davies recently met with officers and residents to discuss concerns about speeding on Abbey Road and around Pentrefelin.

He said that the residents would like to see the speed limit reduced to 30mph up to the end of the existing 40mph limit by the turn-off to the Chain Bridge.

Cllr Davies said: "I explained that it had been hard enough to get the existing 40mph limit put in a few years ago, with officers and police at the time arguing that the area was very close to the margins of the criteria which apply when speed limits are put in.

"The officers explained that the criteria wouldn't be met for a 30mph limit in this area and that grant funding to pay for such a scheme would not given by the Welsh Government because of this.

"However, traffic calming measures such as signs and road markings could be applied relatively quickly."

Cllr Davies said he had also spoken to some residents who were not in agreement with a 30mph limit along the whole length of Abbey Road and Pentrefelin.

It was agreed at the meeting to carry out a traffic survey to get a true picture of the speeds in the area and to apply traffic calming measures.

On a separate but related issue it was agreed to have the dry stone wall and pavement at the end of Abbey Road brought up to scratch.

A county speed gun was used to do a rough check and speeds were generally found to be around the mid-20s on the brow of the hill by Pentrefelin, with one vehicle being clocked at 34mph.

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