WHY DIDN’T THE VALE COUNCIL GRIT PENARTH’S ICY ROADS THIS MORNING?

A car collided with a traffic island at the junction of Stanwell Road and Victoria Road this morning . Police had to divert traffic. On board the breakdown truck is a motorbike involved in an earlier accident at the Merrie Harrier

A car collided with a traffic island at the junction of Stanwell Road and Victoria Road this morning . Police had to divert traffic. On board the breakdown truck is a motorbike involved in an earlier accident at the Merrie Harrier

A large number of motorists experienced road congestion in Penarth, Cardiff and along the A48 this morning because of early morning ice on major routes and the knock-on effects of a series of accidents.

A cyclist was taken to hospital after skidding on the glassy surface of Windsor Road Cogan just after 07:00 am.

A cyclist who was injured after skiddingo n black ice and had to be taken to hospital claimks the Vale Council had not gritted the roads

A cyclist Michael Notley who was injured after skidding on black ice at Cogan and had to be taken to hospital, took to Twitter to demand to know why the Vale Council had not gritted the roads

Two cars collided at the same spot just outside Cogan Leisure Centre. Later on Twitter the  cyclist,  Michael Notley, blamed the Vale of Glamorgan Council for not having gritted the roads of Penarth overnight.

A car crashed at the junction of Stanwell Road and Victoria Road (see photo above) at the zebra crossing this morning – and the road had to be partially closed and traffic diverted whilst a breakdown vehicle was called to the scene. It’s understood that neither the woman driver nor the two passengers were injured.

The breakdown truck called to attend to the car had already retrieved  a motorcycle which had crashed at Redlands Road near the Merrie Harrier – another incident which had caused traffic hold-ups.

Traffic queues built up on Plassey St.....

Traffic queues built up on Plassey St after a two car collision on black ice outside Penarth Leisure Centre this morning .

....and on Windsor Road Cogan

There were long delays for drivers on  Windsor Road Cogan

Long queues of traffic built up on Plassey St and Windsor Road, Cogan extending back into Penarth Town Centre and scores of drivers were late for work.

Some motorists were puzzloed by the hold ups...

Some Penarth motorists were puzzled by the hold ups…

...There were so many diversions that one driver - trying to get to Penarth by 08:00 - ended up almost in Bridgend

…There were so many diversions that one driver – trying to get to Penarth by 08:00 – ended up almost in Bridgend

One motorist trying to get to Penarth this morning tweeted that – because of numerous diversions – he had ended up heading towards Bridgend .

Another driver reported that the A48 between Cowbridge and Cardiff was like a ‘skating rink’  – again causing tailbacks.

Inspector Gary Smart of South Wales Police

Inspector Gary Smart of South Wales Police

Inspector Gary Smart of Penarth Police station said: “Conditions on many of the roads in the Vale of Glamorgan were treacherous this morning.

“Black ice is very difficult to see until it is often too late and we encourage motorists to take extra care, slow down and allow extra time for their journeys.”

It’s now known that there were six crashes on the A48 alone this morning.

 

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6 Responses to WHY DIDN’T THE VALE COUNCIL GRIT PENARTH’S ICY ROADS THIS MORNING?

  1. BluesMan says:

    Seems like VOG was effected the most wonder if council gritted the roads enough?

  2. Philip Rapier says:

    Very pleased at the news of the safety of the people in the car on Stanwell Road. I cannot find a further bulletin on the Motorcyclist ( perhaps PDN may be able to help please?.)
    The directly resulting County Wide traffic chaos today clearly demonstrates how close to gridlock Penarth’s Roads are at Rush Hour already.
    These unfortunate events will have compounded the intensity of the debilitating effects of the insufferable “Smog” Penarth and especially Cogan Residents are being subjected to today and everyday. The residents do not deserve to have nor should they tolerate this level of health risk.
    Traffic Pollution is the invisible modern equivalent of Smog and kills 5000 people every year. Neither our Traffic system nor our health will ever cope with the thousands of dwellings applied for and that seem likely to be built on the Sully, Cosmeston and Dinas Powys Hinterland bringing with them thousands more cars and what will surely become known as “Cog -Smog.”

  3. AK says:

    It isn’t rocket science
    If there is frost on the car there is probably ice.

    If it was raining, there’s probably black ice.

    So clear the Windows, slow down and leave a bigger gap.

  4. Bobby says:

    There was very heavy rain across the area that night so if any gritting was done it would have been washed away anyway.

  5. Gwyn John says:

    The Vale of Glamorgan did grit the roads but early morning rain washed the grit away, it was a problem across the whole of the Vale not just Penarth.

    • Ian Perry says:

      So much unjust criticism of the council on this occasion. Weather records show rain in the early hours, with temperatures dropping to zero at around 7am. It’s a case of people needing to adjust their behaviour for the weather/environment around them.

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