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More roadworks on A483?

More roadworks on A483?

Highways England, the body responsible for maintaining the trunk road network in England, is looking at options for improving the road layout near Pant.

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The junction of Maesbury Road and the A483 just south of Oswestry and about four miles north of Pant, is a very busy junction which has seen a number of collisions over the years.

In spite of a 50 mph section covering the junction, many see this as a dangerous junction. Recent surveying work has been undertaken by Highways England which may lead to a new design for the junction.

Any new roadworks will follow on from a recently completed major realignment of the Mile End roundabout which was undertaken to improve traffic flow, but vehicles leaving the roundabout for the A483 towards Pant and Mid Wales often use the wrong lane on the roundabout.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “We are currently carrying out survey work around the Maesbury Road junction with the A483 near Oswestry, Shropshire.

“This survey will feed into our designs for a new road improvement scheme at this junction.

“At this stage, we are gathering the necessary information to help inform the design for the scheme. We will keep the public informed as this work progresses.”

Publicans’ bypass warning

Publicans’ bypass warning

Of the four pubs in Pant and Llanymynech, two are likely to close if a bypass for the A483 goes ahead, warns Pant publican.

Cross Guns, PantAlison Foden of the Cross Guns in Pant says that she can understand why some residents want a bypass for the village, but warns that a drop in trade caused by people missing the village on their travels could ultimately close the pub.

Speaking recently, Alison said: “We rely on passing trade during the summer to make the pub successful and to support the leaner winter trading months. Between October and March we rely on our locals to break even during these spells.”

The A483 is a popular route from the North through to Mid Wales and in the summer months is used by a large number of tourists in addition to a high volume of commercial traffic.

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

According to Alison, who runs the Cross Guns Inn with partner Iain Jones, if that passing trade of tourists is lost during the summer months, there isn’t enough pub trade in the two villages to keep all four pubs open.

Adds Iain: “We understand the need for a bypass, but I am sure it would kill two of the local pubs.”

A number of other businesses in the two villages, including shops, a café and car wash, might also be affected if a bypass is built, reducing the range of amenities for local people.

Many residents in Pant and Llanymynech are keen for a bypass to be built, even though a recent meeting heard that it is unlikely to be built in the next five years. Other commentators, though, have suggested reducing the speed limit through the village and others have suggested banning lorries and large vehicles on certain stretches of the A483 as a low tech and low cost way of improving safety.

Why you should stop off in Pant

Why you should stop off in Pant

The debate about a bypass for Pant and Llanymynech resurfaced recently as news came in that funding commitments mean it is unlikely to be built before 2020.

Road through PantBypasses for towns and villages though are a double edged sword. On the one hand they might bring relief from traffic to locals but at the same time communities can lose their visitors as tourists skirt round places that otherwise they might stop at and spend money in.

One of the joys of travelling off the motorway or bypass is that you can discover local attractions you might never have heard of.

That is certainly the joy of the A483 through Pant. Pant – and the surrounding area – has a rich industrial heritage and offers some superb views over countryside, some of which could disappear under a bypass!

We have drawn up a list of 10 things to do in Pant to encourage more of those people driving through the area to stop and find out more about our village.

You can read our top 10 things to do in Pant here.

Mile End roundabout improvements

Mile End roundabout improvements

Mile End Roundabout. For many people travelling to Pant this roundabout on the outskirts of Oswestry is a necessary part of the journey.

Highways Agency logoNow, following a revamp of the roundabout and changes to the access roads, people have taken to social media and elsewhere to complain about the new layout.

In the summer, the Highways Agency spent several months and £4 million redesigning the roundabout as part of ‘pinch point improvements’ but now, say some, the roundabout is causing problems for some motorists.

Just this week, Shropshire Council advised people via Twitter to contact the Highways Agency with any concerns about the roundabout.

A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said: “Safety is always our top priority – and we design all our schemes to meet stringent safety and design standards. The scheme at Oswestry was designed in accordance with the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (TSRGD) standards.

“When followed correctly, the new lane markings at Mile End will improve the flow of traffic around this island, as drivers should not need to change lanes whilst already on the roundabout.”

What do you think? Have you seen an improvement in the way people use the roundabout?

Santa takes to the water this Christmas

Santa takes to the water this Christmas

SGeorge Watson Buck Canal Boatanta will be taking to the water this Christmas as he sets off on his trip boat on the canal at Llanymynech.

Santa cruises will take place on the weekend of 13/14 and 20/21 December.

The cruises will start at 1:30pm, 2:15pm. 3:00pm and 3:45pm on both the Saturdays and the Sundays.

All children will receive a personalised present and treats and the adults will get seasonal refreshments.

Tickets (children and adults) are £6.50.

Find Santa’s boat where the A483 crosses the canal in Llanymynech, SY22 6EA.

Booking is essential from Santa Cruise c/o Breidden View, The Wern, Llanymynech SY22 6PD (an SAE would be appreciated). Please give children’s forenames and gender when booking, or call 01691 831497, email: martyn.amys@btinternet.com.

Too fast for Pant

Too fast for Pant

Road through PantFor anyone who lives in Pant, the often busy A483 which runs through the village cannot be overlooked. Whether trying to cross the road on foot, turning onto it in your car or just the noise and speed, it is something that can’t be avoided and everyone has their own story to tell about their frustrations with the road.

Recent improvements such as a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing, and flashing 30 mile an hour signs have certainly helped to raise the issue  of the, but should more be done?

Many people think a bypass is the best solution (although there are pros and cons for this), and the Welsh Government recently commissioned a new feasibility study, as previously reported on pant.today. However, for those of us who regularly walk along the footpaths by the side of the A483 in Pant, one of the best things would be if traffic actually stuck to the 30 mile an hour limit.

People who live near the speed limit signs in Pant joke about how frequently they flash at motorists, as a significant proportion of vehicles do not slow down. Recently, we even saw an articulated lorry hurtling through the village with the driver on his mobile phone. The lorry was going so fast the backdraft took your breath away!

Nationally, road safety charity, Brake, is campaigning for a 20 mph speed limit in all villages as a way of making them safer, healthier and more sociable places.

A 20 mph limit might be a good idea for the A483 in Pant, as it might lessen calls for the bypass – certainly a much cheaper option – but before lowering the speed limit to 20 mph, surely more should be done to enforce the existing speed limit.

What do you think? Would speed cameras help? Should there be additional traffic calming measures, such as chicanes or road narrowing? Let us know and maybe we can all urge the authorities to look at how to slow the traffic through our village.

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