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‘Give us a bypass’ call from Councillor after latest Llynclys Crossroads accident – Border Counties Advertizer

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The chairman of Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council has once again re-iterated her calls for a bypass on the A483 saying people are too scared to use it after last week’s accident at Llynclys Crossroads.

Five passengers were injured last Wednesday, including two children who were airlifted to hospital, and Councillor Dilys Gaskell admits frustrations are running high.

A petition, which Cllr Gaskill supports, for traffic lights at the crossroads has attracted hundreds of signatures.

But Cllr Gaskill has once again made a call for a complete bypass to alleviate traffic issues.

“In 1999 I started working on a bypass with the Parish Council, and (North Shropshire MP) Owen Paterson has always been supportive on it,” she said.

“The thing about the bypass is that it’s across two countries, starting in Wales and ending in England.

“The MPs we’ve had have always supported us and we’ve had some improvements, such as the crossing in Pant.

“We’ve spoken to people higher up but no-one will bite the bullet on the bypass.

“We don’t know how much more we can do – we had five deaths before we got traffic lights towards Oswestry.

“But we need a bypass. People are being scared to drive to the crossroads, going down side roads – we need a bypass.

“However no-one will speak up for it because we’re in the West Midlands and we’re not a priority – there’s other places further down the M6.

“They say we need more statistics but we’re not going to have them.

“People are telling me they are avoiding Llynclys Crossroads and using the little side roads and the experts tell me that’s not good for those roads.

“The roads need repairs whenever there’s an accident, whether they have traffic lights or not. Give us the bypass.”

Mr Paterson has long campaigned for a bypass and visited Llynclys Crossroads on Monday with West Mercia Police.

He said: “We would not be having these problems if plans for the Pant and Llanymynech bypass had gone ahead.

“Or a roundabout would help resolve these Llynclys Crossroads issues. In the meantime we are looking at placing speed warning flash signs at the site to monitor the speed of vehicles.”

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