In response to the recent flooding on the A55, A5 and A483, Aled recently took the opportunity to ask the First Minister what is being done by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency to assess the current capacity of those roads to deal with persistent and heavy rainfall.
It has become all too apparent that weather patterns are changing and that conditions such as those we have experienced recently are likely to be repeated. As we have seen, the rain contributes to two major problems on the roads: run-off from adjacent fields and pressure on the roads’ drainage systems, which it clear cannot cope with the sheer volume of water. Temporary speed restrictions of 40mph were put in place on the south-bound A483 because of the dangers from surface water and there was also a closure of a slip road on the A55 due to flooding. Even as Aled was raising the issue in the Assembly he was notified of a further issue on the north-bound A483 between Gresford and Rossett!
As a result of the First Minister’s response that the roads are a matter for the Trunk Road Agency (itself an arm of Welsh Government) and local authorities, Aled will be taking this up with Wrexham County Borough Council to check what assessments have been made of the drainage systems on our major roads. He will also be contacting the Trunk Road Agency to pursue the matter further and help put an end to the dangerous driving conditions we have endured in the past few weeks. Updates will be published on this website as they are received.
You can read the transcript of Aled’s question and the First Minister’s response here (at Question 7):