Wales & West Utilities is urging motorists driving through Ffynnongroyw to obey the traffic management plans in place as work to extend the gas network takes place.

The warning comes as a number of motorists have been ignoring the one-way system in place along Main Road and putting themselves, other motorists, pedestrians and Wales & West Utilities’ engineers at risk of injury.

Wales & West Utilities is working to extend the gas network so that more homes and businesses in the area benefit from mains gas and families are kept safe and warm for generations to come. The one-way system will be in place until 9 December.

In preparation for the work, Wales & West Utilities worked closely with both Flintshire County Council and the local bus company, Arriva.

Wales & West Utilities Project Manager, Paul Williams, explains the need for the traffic plans:

“This scheme will extend the gas network to Ffynnongroyw, letting the village benefit for the first time from mains gas for heating and cooking.  

“In agreement with Flintshire County Council and the bus company, the one-way system is necessary so that road users, pedestrians, and our colleagues are kept safe while work is ongoing. Unfortunately, we have noted vehicles ignoring the well-placed diversion signs and driving the wrong way down Main Road.

“Together, with the Council and the Police, we must reiterate that these plans are in place to protect the safety of all travelling along the road, and we would urge all road users to follow the marked diversion route and abide by traffic law at all times.”

Councillor Glyn Banks added:

“I am delighted that, through joint working, we’ve been able to ensure that Arriva continues to serve the village whilst this important work is ongoing.

“However, for the bus routes to continue operating, motorists must follow the rules of the road and adhere to the one-way system that is in place for everyone’s safety.”

Wales & West Utilities has a team of more than 1000 trained and experienced engineers to help serve the 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales that rely on its gas emergency and pipeline services. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.