Posted: Wed 31st May 2023

Anger over sudden Deeside cycle route shutdown

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Cyclists and pedestrians in Deeside were left surprised and angry on Tuesday when a significant part of a popular cycle route that runs alongside the River Dee was suddenly closed.

The route between Hawarden Bridge and the Jubilee (blue) Bridge in Queensferry, part of National Cycle Network Route 568, was blocked off by six-foot-high barriers without any prior warning.

The closure was announced via a sign which cited the ‘Notice of Extension of Temporary Prohibition of Pedestrian Order Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984’.

It stated that Flintshire County Council ordered the temporary closure on 5 December 2022, for a period of six months. However, the Welsh Government has since approved an extension until 4 December 2023, or when works are completed.

The closure is due to civil engineering works by D Morgan Plc, which includes the installation of a new outfall pipe into the River Dee.

No alternative route has been suggested or provided for the public, leading to rising frustrations.

The route is used by families, experienced cyclists, and people commuting through the Deeside Industrial Park for work.

This unexpected closure, without notice or an alternative route, has caused significant inconvenience for regular users.

Paul Morris shared a photograph of the closure on Tuesday. He voiced his frustration on Twitter, expressing disbelief over the decision to close the path during summer.

Paul said: “Just been down the river in Shotton to see they’ve completely shut the cycle path along the river from the railway to the blue bridge!!! Where’s the notice and for 6 months through the summer it’s an absolute joke!!”

He added: “The works aren’t till halfway up, so it should still be open for people to walk past the Clocktower at least. To lock the whole thing off is madness..”

Other users echoed his concerns, highlighting the lack of a diversion and the suddenness of the closure.

The route is popular among cyclists and walkers alike and is used by those going to and from work.

On Twitter, @Dryon noted the difficulty he faced when trying to get home from work due to the unavailability of an alternative route.

Andrew, another user, expressed his disappointment and disbelief about the closure of what he described as a ‘hugely popular route’.

The lack of a clearly marked alternative route has caused confusion and inconvenience for those who rely on the route for daily commutes or regular exercise.

One comment stated, “No diversion shown, only way is through Shotton or back through Garden City to Dragon Bridge, can’t even get down old steel works road as it’s fenced off.”

The reasons why there was no warning of the abrupt closure are yet to be fully clarified. Deeside.com has contacted Flintshire County Council and Sustrans, the charity that looks after the cycle route.

[Photographs: Paul Morris] 

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: [email protected]
Latest News

  • Manchester Airport passengers urged to check flight status after power cut disruption
  • Mold based finance business joins Green Digital Academy
  • Legal firm sees rise in family law cases despite drop in national divorce rate

  • More...

    Manchester Airport passengers urged to check flight status after power cut disruption

    News

    Mold based finance business joins Green Digital Academy

    News

    Legal firm sees rise in family law cases despite drop in national divorce rate

    News

    Sadness expressed as Flintshire pub approved for conversion into apartments

    Flintshire

    St Davids Park: Temporary road closure in Ewloe next week for essential repair works

    News

    Deeside based Locit champions women in manufacturing and engineering

    News

    Flintshire Council criticised for neglecting residents’ views

    News

    Parents already planning ahead for back-to-school savings amid ongoing economic uncertainty

    News

    Cashless businesses in Wales are “excluding people” with learning disabilities from daily activities

    News