Lots of people have contacted me about traffic issues resulting from the temporary lights in Gresford. Today, I have spoken with Wrexham County Borough Council who have provided the following update:
The congestion last Saturday (5th June) was caused by a bus collision with the temporary lights, which damaged the lights and caused them to fail. Last weekend, the battery for the temporary lights also failed which meant that some of the lights were stuck on red. Both incidents contributed to the heavy congestion I know many witnessed.
To make sure that the lights do not fail again, the Trunk Road Agency has now funded the manual control of the lights at peak times - this is Monday to Friday 7.30-9.30AM and 3.00-6.00pm. The lights will not be manually controlled during the weekend, but this is being monitored.
The manual controller will be able to more effectively manage the flow of traffic and will also be able to make sure the batteries for the temporary lights do not run out.
There are also signs on the A483 bypass to advise drivers to stay on the bypass, rather than use other routes. The A483 work will also be complete within the planned timeframe.
There were also issues with the temporary crossing and the temporary lights. Due to both being temporary the two are not working in sync, which has been creating issues. Wrexham Council have advised that the two options are now to move the temporary crossing further away from the temporary lights, or remove the crossing completely. Gresford Community Council have the final decision on this matter.
Wrexham Council and I will continue to monitor the situation and please make contact with my office if there are further issues on the matter that you would like raised.
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