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Commuter route bus lane anger
Caerphilly Road
Bus lanes are planned along Caerphilly Road
Plans to install bus lanes on one of Cardiff's busiest roads have angered people living nearby who fear increased congestion.

The A469 Caerphilly and Thornhill roads is one of the main routes into the city from the north with thousands of vehicles travelling along it every day causing severe jams during the rush hours.

Plans have been put forward by Cardiff Council which include introducing bus lanes along stretches of the road

But local people say that the plans have not been thought out properly and are concerned that the congestion will become a 24-hour problem.

A campaign group has been formed demanding that the council abolish their current proposals.

Rob Johnston who lives alongside the road said that public feeling about the plans were running very high.

"People are very upset about these proposals because it could lead to congestion at all times of the day.

"They want to put traffic lights at Caerphilly crossroads which is only busy during the rush hours.

Caerphilly crossroads
Traffic lights could be installed at the Caerphilly crossroads

"And then there is the reduced parking in Birchgrove and the fact that creating bus lanes will lead to the narrowing of pavements along the road.

"This in turn will lead to the green verges and trees being lost.

"The proposals seem very flawed as they are now.

"We don't feel like we have been given a full and detailed explanation of what they are proposing to do," he said.

Around 1,700 signatures have been collected from people against the plans.

"Two meetings have been held about this and on both occasions around 150 people turned up," said Mr Johnston.

"There a real concerns and there is a feeling that the council haven't thought these plans out properly."

Cardiff Council refused to comment on the planned changes on Wednesday.

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