Work starts to ease Newtown traffic problems

Changes are being made to a road junction in Powys which is blamed for causing major traffic delays.

Drivers have long faced tailbacks in Newtown, but there are complaints problems have grown since traffic lights replaced a roundabout.

But Newtown councillor Russell George said people had been complaining about the junction, near a Tesco supermarket, and the work was too little too late.

Powys council said the project would improve traffic flow.

The work is expected to take up to a month to complete, and involves adjustments to the layout of the junction and line-markings.

A Powys council spokesman said: "The works will improve visibility for right turning vehicles into Kerry Road and to provide some improvement to traffic flows through Kerry Road junction, and will be undertaken by the developer's (Tesco) contractors.

"Traffic management and working practices will be managed to limit the disruption. However, there will be some additional delays created during the period of the works.

"The contractor will be operating extended working hours and night-time working where possible and noise restrictions permit, to minimise the duration of the works and disruption to the public."

But Mr George said the work was too little, too late.

He added: "Due to the poorly thought-out plan, the people of mid Wales will now have to suffer extra misery while these works go ahead."

Newtown mayor Joy Jones claimed last year that shoppers were deserting the town because of the problem.

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