Safety fears as forest road is morning rat run


Shane Brennan

LIVES are being put at risk by motorists using a forestry road as a ‘rat run’.

Residents have spoken to their county councillor about commuters taking short cuts on the forestry road in Llanferres.

John Almond, vice chairman of Llanferres community council, said: “I have lived here for 19 years and it has been an ongoing problem people call it the rat run.

“People try to go out on the road in the morning for a walk or to walk their dog but there will be a car come flying down the road so it makes it very difficult to get out on the road.

“What we want is some form of traffic speed control.”

County councillor Martyn Holland said he has spoken to the council.

He said: “I requested that the county undertake speed measurements at two points on the road and the results have just been published.

“On the whole the results show that the vast majority of drivers are keeping to an average speed of thirty miles per hour or less but a small number of drivers between 7am and 9pm in the morning are speeding.

“This is known locally as the rat run with drivers using this route as a short cut from Ruthin to Mold to get to work. Although there is no official limit on this road speeds in excess of thirty are dangerous and a small number of drivers are hitting speeds of over sixty between the two car parks.”

“If people want to use this as a short cut to work I ask that they respect the type of roads they are using and that when using the forestry road they keep to a realistic thirty.”

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