* An array of road signs have gone up along Castle Street.
* A sign on Abbey Road warns of long delays ahead.
* Workmen ready to set up traffic lights are set up on Castle Street.
Work started this morning (Monday) on the 2020 scheme to re-shape Llangollen town centre.
Contractors appointed by Denbighshire County Council arrived in Castle Street at around 8am and were briefed by bosses on how the major exercise should be carried out.
Road closure signs were erected and temporary traffic lights put in place.
The scheme is being undertaken by the council in partnership with Welsh Government and Transport for Wales.
It involves making a number improvements along Castle Street, has been developed following extensive consultation with the local community, local county councillors and Llangollen Town Council.
- Widened footways on both sides of Castle Street;
- New footway construction using natural stone paving materials;
- A raised junction table at the junction of Parade Street/Bridge Street/Castle Street;
- A raised junction table at the junction of Market Street/Oak Street/Castle Street;
- A new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing on Abbey Road near its junction to Castle Street;
- A raised table at the existing controlled pedestrian crossing on Mill Street near its junction with Castle Street;
- New traffic signals on the Castle Street/A5 junction;
- Junction improvements at the Hill Street/A5 junction;
- The resurfacing of Abbey Road / Mill Street junction & Castle Street;
- A permanent one-way restriction on Market Street between its junctions with Castle Street and East Street;
- New street lighting;
- The permanent introduction of the temporary one-way restriction on Church Street (i.e. east to west vehicular flow).
Works are expected to take up to six months to complete and a variety of different traffic management options, including temporary traffic signals and a limited number of road closures, will be used to minimise disruption, says the county council.
Cllr Brian Jones, the council’s Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “I’m delighted we are now able to start the work and bring these improvements to Llangollen.
“This work provides more space for pedestrians and improved pedestrian crossing facilities making it easier for pedestrians to walk around the town centre, while upgraded traffic signals will improve the flow of vehicles.”
A Parry Construction Co Ltd has been appointed as principal contractor for the work.
The council says it will work closely with local businesses and residents throughout the project to ensure any disruption is minimised and any concerns or issues are identified and addressed as soon as possible.
The Llangollen 2020 Castle Street scheme will take place at the same time as Welsh Government’s on-going retaining wall stabilisation works located on the A5, towards Llangollen Golf Club, and the council says its officers are working closely with the Trunk Road Agency and Welsh Government to coordinate traffic management operations so disruption is minimised.