Repairs to crucial road link through Newbridge still high on the agenda

Repairing the damage caused by Storm Christoph earlier this year remains a priority for us and at a recent site visit to the damage caused to the B5605 at Newbridge the effect on the local road network and local communities was clear.

The storm caused a landslide and the closure of the road for the foreseeable future.

The works to fix this are complex and the solution difficult and costly but we are hopeful of further help from Welsh Government to help us to repair this important part of our infrastructure.

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Cllr David A Bithell Lead Member Environment and Transport said he welcomed the opportunity to meet with MS Ken Skates who has taken a keen interest in making representation to Welsh Government to the Minister Julie James.

“I hope that these talks and discussions will be fruitful in ensuring that this road re-opens as soon as possible. This is causing major difficulties for local people and we need substantial funding to address the effects from storm Christoph.”

Ken Skates, Member of the Senedd for Clwyd South, said: “The damage caused by the extreme weather last year wreaked havoc in communities across Wales. This is a particularly bad example, and I know it has caused a lot of problems locally.

“I have raised the matter with the Minister for Climate Change, Julie James, and asked the Welsh Government to look at this again. I know the Welsh Government has been in discussions with the council about other funding which might be available, so I look forward to receiving the Minister’s response outlining how both parties can work together to remedy the situation.”

The B5605 provides critical road links between communities Newbridge and Cefn of and the wider settlement areas at Chirk to the south and Plas Madoc/Ruabon to the north. Loss of this road link severs these communities causing distress and inconvenience on the many residents and businesses in these areas.

“Alternative routes are lengthy and inconvenient. In addition, this stretch of the B5605 provides the alternative routes for the A483 trunk road. In the event of closures on the trunk road whether for planned works or emergencies, alternative routes now have to be diverted via Llangollen, a fifteen mile diversion for drivers.

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