FAULTY traffic lights in Llandudno Junction have caused tailbacks and frustration.
The Welsh Government is currently carrying out work as part of its ‘active travel scheme’ near the Tesco supermarket in Llandudno Junction, but the work is causing significant traffic delays.
The Welsh Government started the work on Monday around the A55 junction 18 near the Tesco and RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve roundabouts.
But the traffic lights placed at the junction as well as those on the A546, Junction Way, and Tesco’s road have frequently remained stuck on red, meaning drivers have been stuck in lengthy traffic jams.
Dad Phil Ashe complained he’d been caught in traffic on the A55, due to the road works near Tesco and other works going on at the nearby Black Cat roundabout.
“I was stuck on the A55 for forty minutes,” he said.
“I came off at Tesco to go to Llandudno through Deganwy, and the delays were just shocking.”
Another driver reported the traffic lights being stuck on red for ten minutes, and the fast-food restaurants and cinema and Tesco supermarket are all noticeably quieter today.
The Welsh Government says the work will take nine weeks to complete but will be suspended during the school Easter holidays.
The local democracy reporting service visited the area this morning (Friday), and the traffic lights were not working, despite the issue being reported yesterday.
A Welsh Government spokesman apologised for the faulty traffic lights.
“The work taking place is an active travel scheme funded by Welsh Government. The work is being carried out at “off peak” times and traffic lights are operational between 09:30 and 15:30,” he said.
“Problems with the lights, which were reported yesterday, were resolved. Unfortunately, there have been further reports of issues today which we are investigating and will rectify as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
The Welsh Government claim the work will improve road users’ safety in a bid to encourage more people to cycle and walk.