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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Wrexham ignores llanblogger request for Newbridge update

* More traffic congestion came to Llangollen town centre yesterday after the second closure of the A483 viaducts within days. Picture by Cath Miller.


Wrexham Council sent its response at around 4.30pm Wednesday. See foot of story...

Wrexham Council has so far failed to respond to a llanblogger request for an update on urgently-needed repairs to the Newbridge road collapse. 

This is despite two closures within days of the A483 viaducts due to weather conditions which have brought traffic chaos to Llangollen as drivers battled with the extra-long diversion route the shutting off of Newbridge Road has meant. 

llanblogger asked Wrexham - the council responsible rather than Denbighshire - for an update on the progress of repairs on Monday, immediately after the first viaduct closures on Sunday which led to hundreds of diverted vehicles packing the narrow streets of Llangollen. 

Late yesterday llanblogger was still waiting for a response from Wrexham’s press office, through which requests for comments must be made, as a second closure of the viaducts due to Storm Jocelyn brought more traffic congestion to the A5, A539 and Castle Street. 

The stretch of road between Newbridge and Cefn Mawr has been closed since January 2021, when heavy downpours caused part of it to collapse down an embankment during Storm Christoph. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​ ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌​‌‌‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌‌​​‍‌​​‌​‌​​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​‌‌‌​​‍‌‌​​‌‌​‌‍‌‌​​‌‌​​

Wrexham Council was awarded £2.8 million to carry out the vital repairs to the B5605 last year by the Welsh Government, following complex geo-technical surveys and a cost analysis. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​ ‌


Last June it was announced that the Jones Bros Ltd had successfully tendered for the scheme.

Councillor Terry Evans, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Environment, said: “A contractor has been appointed to carry out the repairs to the Newbridge Road and we hope to have a further public update in the near future.

“We recognise the problems road users face due to the closure of this road but can assure everyone that we are progressing everything as quickly as possible.”

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