A55/A483 Pinch Point

Report
What are “Pinch Points”
 Pinch Points are areas identified on the Highways Agency
network of roads that experience high levels of congestion
 The Pinch Point Programme (PPP) was set-up as part of the
Government’s initiative to deliver improvements to the
strategic road network and promote improved traffic flows
and stimulate economic growth
 The Highway Agency was allocated £300m to deliver these
improvements during the period 2012-2015
 As the service provider for Area 10, Balfour Beatty Mott
McDonald are charged with delivering the scheme
A55/A483 Pinch Point
 A55/A483 junction is an essential connection between
North Wales and northwest England
Existing problems include:
congestion at the junction
 significant queues and delays at peak times
 safety issues
 accidents associated with the existing layout

A55/A483 Pinch Point - Improvements
Improvements being introduced include:
 Providing additional lanes on Posthouse Roundabout
 Providing additional lane on A55 Westbound exit slip
 New traffic signal junction at Rough Hill
 Change roundabout to traffic signals at Wrexham
Road
 Installation of a new footbridge
 Improved street lighting and barriers
Timescale – September 2014 to March 2015
A55/A483 Pinch Point - Benefits
The aims of the scheme are to:
 Help reduce daily congestion
 Reduce journey times
 Improve safety
 Stimulate the local economy
Overview of the scheme
Chester
Posthouse Roundabout
Rough Hill Junction
Wrexham Road Junction
Wrexham
Timescales
From 15th September 2014 to 31st March 2015
 Phase 1 – Install New Traffic Signals With Right Turn Into
Rough Hill – September 15th to October
 Phase 2 – Remove Wrexham Road Roundabout and Install
New Traffic Signals – October to January
 Phase 3 – New Footbridge Across the A55 – November to
Christmas
 Phase 4 – Widening on Roundabout and Slip Road – January to
March
Rough Hill Junction
New Right Turn
Into Rough Hill
Chester
New Traffic Signals
With Pedestrian
Crossings
New Footpath
Wrexham
Wrexham Road Junction
Chester
Traffic Signal
Controller and
Maintenance Layby
New Left Turn Into
Wrexham Road
Wrexham
New Traffic Signals
Pulford
A55/A483 Roundabout
Chester
New Footbridge
Additional 4th lane and
new traffic signals
Manchester
Additional 4th lane
Additional 4th Lane
Wrexham
A55 Westbound Off Slip
Manchester
New ‘Tiger-Tail’ road marking
to separate traffic flows
Additional 4th lane
Phase 1 – Rough Hill
 Timescale – From September 2014 to October 2014
 Works – Installation of traffic signals with right-turn
facility into Rough Hill
 Road Closures – Overnight closures of A483 between
J7 and A55 J37 from Monday to Friday 9pm to 5am
(7am at weekends if needed)
 Diversions will be signed well in advance
Phase 2 – New Pulford Junction
 Timescale – October 2014 to January 2015
 Works ;
 Removal of roundabout
 New drainage system
 Raising of carriageway levels
 Installation of new signalised junction
 Road Closures – Overnight closures of A483 between
J7 and A55 J37 from Monday to Friday 9pm to 5am
(7am at weekends if needed)
Important Information for residents in
Pulford and Rossett
 Whilst this junction is being constructed there will be;
 No exit from Wrexham Road onto the A483
 No right turn into Wrexham Road from the A483
 Access to the A483 will be via J7 at Rossett
 We know this may cause problems for residents but
the drainage works we need to carry out cannot be
done safely any other way
 We are building a new link from the A483 into
Wrexham Road to maintain access throughout the day
Phase 3 – New Footbridge
 Timescale – November 2014 to December 2014
 Works – Installation of new footbridge for pedestrians
and cyclists across the A55
 Road Closures - Overnight closures of A55 between J35
and J38 from Monday to Friday 9pm to 5am (7am at
weekends if needed)
 Diversions will be signed well in advance of the
closures
Phase 4 – Roundabout and slip roads
 Timescale – January 2014 to March 2015
 Works – Widening of lanes and reconfiguration of
existing roads
 Road Closures – Partial overnight closures of
A55/A483 from Monday to Friday 9pm to 5am (7am at
weekends if needed)
 Diversions will be signed well in advance of the
closures
Phase 4 – Roundabout and slip roads
 Timescale – January 2014 to March 2015
 Works – Widening of lanes and reconfiguration of
existing roads
 Road Closures – Partial overnight closures of
A55/A483 from Monday to Friday 9pm to 5am (7am at
weekends if needed)
 Lane closures on A55 Westbound exit and the A55
mainline
 These lane closures may increase queues slightly
during construction but they are necessary for safety,
both yours and ours
On Line Details & Updates
HA Website address - www.highways.gov.uk
Twitter account – Highway Agency North West @HAtraffic_nwest
Drop in Centre – open every Monday morning from
10.00am until 12.00 am at the site offices at the Rough
Hill Junction
Contacts
Highway Agency Information Line –
[email protected] .gsi.gov.uk
or 0300 123 5000
Balfour Beatty Mott McDonald - Area 10 –
[email protected]
or 0203 462 1900

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