Bangor roundabout and traffic congestion concerns


Geraint Jones

FEARS have been raised over the safety of a new roundabout and traffic congestion on surrounding roads in Bangor.

Councillors believe the roundabout next to the new Asda store is too small and needs clearer road markings. across the road.

They say there have been a number of near misses on the roundabout and that the surrounding road system has made Bangor’s shopping centre difficult to access by car.
City and Gwynedd councillor Chris O’Neal said the junction was “like a button in a big space”.

He added: “When you leave Asda and head towards town, it takes about five seconds to reach the roundabout from the Asda junction, by which time some boy racer approaching from the town direction heading towards the Station has nearly crashed into your side and is hooting at you because you are half way.

Cllr Gwyndaf Edwards said suggested clearer road markings at the roundabout and a pedestrian crossing to ease congestion at the turning for Farrar Road.

He added: “The one way system round the train station is really dated, and I think the confusion there also causes confusion at the roundabout.
“The reason why people use out of town shopping centres is that they’re accessible, and at the moment Bangor is very difficult to get into.”

Gwynedd councillors Mair Rowlands and June Marshall, both of Menai ward, had raised concerns with officers, and called for a safety audit and suggested installing a pedestrian crossing on Deiniol Road.

Gwynedd Council’s chief engineer for transportation and street care, Dafydd Williams said: “The council’s transport and street care service are monitoring the traffic and pedestrian use on the site and will be undertaking an assessment as soon as possible.
“Officers will then consider the results of this assessment and undertake any necessary improvements as needed.”

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