Main road down to one lane for three months
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