Posted: Wed 11th May 2022

Wrexham Council awarded £2.8 million to carry out vital Newbridge road repairs for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Wrexham Council has been awarded £2.8 million to carry out vital repairs to the B5605 in Newbridge.

The stretch of road between Newbridge and Cefn Mawr has been closed since January 2021, when heavy downpours caused part of it to collapse down an embankment during Storm Christoph.

It has been a challenging 18 months for local communities, with many motorists having to drive miles out of their way. As well as providing a daily travel route for local people, the road also serves as a diversion when the A483 bypass is closed.

However today it been confirmed that £2.8 million has been awarded by the Welsh Government to repair the road.

It comes after complex geo-technical surveys and cost analysis were carried out – with the local council submitting a business case to the Welsh Government to help fund the repairs.

Work is expected to begin later this year.

Ian Bancroft, Chief Executive, said, “Repairing this road will make a massive difference to people in Newbridge, Cefn Mawr and Rhosymedre – as well as surrounding communities like Plas Madoc, Ruabon and Chirk.

“It’s not a straight-forward road-repair – the damage is substantial and we’ve had to undertake a lot of in-depth geo-technical assessments and cost analysis.

“But we’re delighted we’ve been able to secure this funding, and look forward to reopening this key piece of infrastructure.”

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said: “Storm Christoph had devastating consequences for communities when it hit Wales last year, causing major disruption to our infrastructure and roads.

“Throughout the long recovery process we have been working very closely with all local authorities and I am pleased that we have been able to provide vital funding for Wrexham Council to make the necessary repairs to this road through our Resilient Roads Fund.

“We continue to work hard to build resilience in our travel networks and wider infrastructure as we plan ahead for climate change.”

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