Welshpool

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Welshpool
Y Trallwng
Location Map ( geo)
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County
Montgomeryshire
Highway Authority
Powys
Forward Destination on
A483, A458
Next Primary Destinations
Dolgellau • Newtown • Oswestry • Shrewsbury
Places related to the A483
Builth Wells • Chester • Llandeilo • Llandovery • Llandrindod Wells • Llangollen • Neath • Newtown • Oswestry • Swansea • Wrexham
Places related to the A458
Bridgnorth • Dolgellau • Shrewsbury • Stourbridge

Welshpool / Y Trallwng is a town in mid Wales, not far from the English border.

1969 bypass proposals
By the 1960s traffic congestion in the town was becoming a problem. A bypass, or rather a throughpass, was planned to relieve the town centre. Traffic studies revealed less than half the traffic was passing through so therefore a route within the town would capture more traffic than an outer bypass. The route chosen made use of a derelict canal which by then had become unnavigable. In addition the A458 would also be relieved by upgrading Brook Street. The two routes would meet at a large roundabout. Several alternatives were considered for this junction including some with grade separation but the roundabout as planned was expected to provide enough capacity for 30 years.

Objections came in as soon as the route was announced. The main concern was the loss of the canal. At the time there seemed next to no chance of ever restoring it as it was already severed in places and the cost of restoration was prohibitive. The local council's objection triggered a public inquiry which in 1971 recommended the scheme not proceed in its present form.

The town had to wait twenty years for its bypass which eventually opened in 1992 running parallel to the railway which was one of the routes rejected in the original proposals. The canal has since been restored in places and work progresses to eventually open the full length to narrowboats. The decision to abandon the 1960s bypass was the right one.

Routes

Route To Notes

A458

Amwythig / Shrewsbury

A458

Dolgellau, Machynlleth

A483

Croesoswallt / Oswestry Route bypasses the town

A483

Y Drenewydd / Newtown Route bypasses the town

A490

Llanfyllin

A490

Yr Ystog / Churchstoke and B4388 Trefaldwyn / Montgomery

B4381

Tre'r-llai / Leighton from Welshpool

B4388

Tre'r-llai / Leighton from Buttington

Note: older signs still have English first; newer signs have Welsh first.



Welshpool
JunctionsSarn Bryn Caled Roundabout • The Old Station roundabout
RoadsA458 • A483 • A490 • A491 (Shrewsbury - Cemmaes Road) • B4381 • B4388 • B4390 (Welshpool) • B4391 • NCN81 • T18 (Britain) • T83 (Britain)
Related Pictures
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Places in Wales
Major destinationsBridgend Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr • Cardiff Caerdydd • Cwmbrân • Llanelli • Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tudful • Neath Castell-nedd • Newport Casnewydd • Port Talbot • Swansea Abertawe • Wrexham Wrecsam
Other primary destinationsAbergavenny Y Fenni • Aberystwyth • Bala Y Bala • Bangor • Betws-y-Coed • Brecon Aberhonddu • Builth Wells Llanfair-ym-Muallt • Caernarfon • Cardigan Aberteifi • Carmarthen Caerfyrddin • Chepstow Cas-gwent • Conwy • Dolgellau • Fishguard Abergwaun • Haverfordwest Hwlffordd • Holyhead Caergybi • Llandeilo • Llandovery Llanymddyfri • Llandrindod Wells Llandrindod • Llandudno • Llangollen • Llangurig • Machynlleth • Milford Haven Aberdaugleddau • Mold Yr Wyddgrug • Monmouth Trefynwy • Newtown Y Drenewydd • Pembroke Dock Doc Penfro • Porthmadog • Queensferry • Rhayader Rhaeadr Gwy • Ruthin Rhuthun • St Clears Sanclêr • Tenby Dinbych-y-pysgod • Welshpool Y Trallwng
Other placesAberaeron • Abergele • Barry Y Barri • Beaumaris • Caerphilly Caerffili • Cardiff-Wales Airport Maes Awyr Caerdydd-Cymru • Denbigh Dinbych • Ebbw Vale Glen Ebwy • Flint Y Fflint • Harlech • Hirwaun • Lampeter Llanbedr Pont Steffan • Llangefni • Pontypool Pont-y-pŵl • Pontypridd • Prestatyn • Presteigne Llanandras • Pwllheli • Rhyl Y Rhyl • St Asaph Llanelwy • St Davids Tyddewi • Treherbert • Treorchy Treorci • Y Felinheli