Smashes on icy roads cause traffic chaos
7:30am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
TWO collisions in icy conditions saw Leckwith Road closed on Tuesday morning – causing gridlock in Dinas Powys and Llandough, with a knock-on effect on traffic heading in and out of Penarth and Barry.
Some local residents took to social media sites to comment on the “bottleneck”.
One poster on the Dinas Powys Pictures Facebook page said: “Took me an hour from Southra Park to Penarth. And traffic leaving Penarth looks just as bad.”
Another said: “Just spent thirty minutes travelling about 100 yards.”
The closure was in place between Greenway Close, Llandough, and the roundabout at Hadfield Road, Cardiff.
A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “Due to two collisions and the icy conditions, the road was closed.”
Pen-y-Turnpike Road was also closed in the direction of Leckwith.
Traffic backed up through Dinas Powys and out past McDonalds on the Barry Docks Link Road, while in Penarth, Lavernock Road was also heavily congested.
The Vale Council’s winter service update on Tuesday morning aid: “Gritters were out on the Vale's roads throughout the night (Monday) and continued salting the main roads throughout the morning. But fresh snowfall meant salting operations were not as effective as the team would have liked.
“The team is working hard to keep roads clear."