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Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK


Special Report

'Temporary' traffic lights finally dimmed

Assembly Transport Secretary Peter Law turns off the lights

The longest serving set of temporary traffic lights in Wales have been switched off after more than 20 years.


BBC Wales's Robert Thomas watches the traffic lights go out
The lights on the A494 between Bala and Dolgellau have finally been made redundant by a new stretch of road.

The lights at Drws y Nant were put in place in the 1970s after a slope alongside the road became unstable.


[ image: Clidren appalud as the lights go off]
Clidren appalud as the lights go off
The stretch of road was designated as only safe for single file traffic.

Since then, the lights have caused delays for motorists for years as the local highways department waited for the money to carry out improvement works.

But they were finally turned off by Assembly Secretary for Transport Peter Law.

The switch off coincided with the opening of a new £2.2m stretch of the A494 trunk road which will by-pass the old stretch of road.


[ image: Assembly Secretary Peter Law
Assembly Secretary Peter Law "a question of priorities".
"I suspect they might qualify for the Guiness Book of Records," said Mr Law, who defended the decision to keep the temporary lights on for so long.

"It's a question of priorities. It had to take its place in the list.

"It will improve the traffic flow immensly for the people who enjoy that part of the contryside on their holidays and the local community who have put up with this for so long."

A plaque was unveiled alongside the road to mark the opening.



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