WORK to add new road designs that improve pedestrian safety to a busy crossing in Glan Conwy has begun.

Plans to restore the width of the path leading to the A470 zebra crossing and put signs and new road markings in place are hoped to address concerns over visibility and awareness raised by residents.

The work, proposed by the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency, will take place over a three-week period from Monday, February 22 to Friday, March 12.

It includes extending surfacing of the footway on the east side to the property known as ‘Benarth’, additional road markings including a high friction surfacing on the approaches, and localised kerbing works.

Conwy County Borough Council has placed temporary signs on the approaches to the crossing and manned traffic lights will be in place until the work is carried out.

Janet Finch-Saunders, MS for Aberconwy, welcomed the beginning of the works following long-term safety concerns among residents. The new measures will enable parked cars to remain clear of the visibility splay on the road.

“Following concerns raised about the safety of the zebra crossing in Glan Conwy, I was most pleased to make urgent representations to the Welsh Government which resulted in a new design proposal to ensure drivers were made aware of the crossing in good time," said Mrs Finch-Sunders.

“For around eight years I have been working with the community to secure a zebra crossing for Glan Conwy. We have protested, and I have written letters and asked numerous questions of Welsh Government Ministers. I welcome the fact that this journey now appears to be on the homeward straight.

“As these essential and additional works get underway around the Glan Conwy crossing, I would like to thank the Trunk Road Agent for their continued cooperation on this issue, which has resulted in swift and tangible solutions to benefit both road users and pedestrians.

“I deeply value the patience and unwavering support of Glan Conwy residents in my work petitioning for these essential local road improvements. I urge all local residents with any further concerns on related matters to email my office as a priority, so that swift action can be taken.”