Main road down to one lane for three months

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

THE main road be­tween Me­nai Bridge and Beau­maris will be par­tially closed for up to three months to re­pair cracks caused by a win­ter land­slide.

The A545 was blocked last year af­ter trees, rub­ble and earth crashed onto the car­riage­way near Gal­lows Point in late De­cem­ber.

De­spite the road re­open­ing in early Jan­uary, high­ways of­fi­cers have now un­cov­ered cracks in the road sur­face which are thought to have been caused by the land­slide and will now re­quire sub­stan­tial re­pair works.

As a re­sult, the road will re­duced to one lane for up to three months with traf­fic lights put in place from Au­gust 30.

But fears have now been raised over the po­ten­tial im­pact on both towns which are pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions, with one coun­cil­lor call­ing for it to be com­pletely re­placed and up­graded.

Cllr Car­wyn Jones, who rep­re­sents the Seiriol ward in Beau­maris, said: “Pub­lic safety must come first, and I ob­vi­ously un­der­stand that the ur­gent works need to be car­ried out.

“But this will po­ten­tially have a ma­jor dis­rup­tion on peo­ple’s daily lives. I also have ma­jor con­cerns as to the ef­fect this will have on busi­nesses and key events over this pe­riod.

“The A545 into Beau­maris is no longer fit for pur­pose for the thou­sands of ve­hi­cles daily, and I urge the coun­cil to place a new safe route at the top of its agenda.

“The road is nar­row, and bendy and with no pedes­trian or cy­cle path, the amount of ve­hi­cles us­ing this road daily are in the thou­sands and in­clude many ve­hi­cles such as buses which are con­sid­er­ably wider than the lanes. Some­thing has to hap­pen and a clear vi­sion for the fu­ture is needed.”

A spokesper­son for Anglesey Coun­cil said: “Due to last year’s ad­verse weather over the Christ­mas pe­riod the A545 un­for­tu­nately suf­fered serious dam­age due to a shal­low land­slide on the slope lead­ing down to the fore­shore on the Me­nai Strait.

“Since then the High­ways Depart­ment has done con­sid­er­able work to im­prove the road lead­ing to and from Beau­maris.

“It’s es­sen­tial that re­me­dial work be­gins as there are con­cerns of ten­sion crack­ing in the road that could have a long term ef­fect on the road if not sta­bilised. We are aware that this may cause some dis­rup­tion to road users, and ap­pre­ci­ate their pa­tience.”

Scene on A545 days af­ter land­slide

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