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AM welcomes council action to address ‘rat run’ speeding

Residents in a village blighted by speeding breathed a sigh of relief after an AM secured assurances traffic-calming measures will be introduced to prevent it becoming ‘a rat run’.

Councillors in Pentredwr, near Llangollen, asked Clwyd South AM Ken Skates to allay their long-running fears about drivers using the community as a high-speed cut-through.

Denbighshire County Council has now confirmed that speed bumps should be installed before the Horseshoe Pass closes later this year.

Labour AM Mr Skates said: “Pentredwr has long been used as a short cut by drivers going down behind the Ponderosa instead of over the main Horseshoe Pass. They go dangerously fast on a far narrower, steeper route which has no footpaths.

“Put simply, Pentredwr was in danger of becoming a rat run if something wasn’t done, as the upcoming closure of the Horseshoe Pass would just lead to more and more vehicles hammering through the village at stupid speeds.

“This has been a real worry for residents and the community council for a long time, so I’m delighted to have secured an assurance that Denbighshire County Council will address it.”

In his response to Mr Skates’s urgent letter to the council, chief executive Dr Mohammed Mehmet said: “In relation to speeding traffic, we have secured county capital funding to implement a traffic-calming scheme within the village of Pentredwr this financial year.

“If the county councillors, community council and residents are in agreement with the proposal to implement speed humps within the village, it is hoped that the works can be tendered and implemented prior to the closure of the Horseshoe Pass.”