DRIVERS have been criticised for ignoring a one-way system as roadworks are carried out in a town centre.

Welsh Water is carrying out works in Lion Street and Heol-y-Dwr in Hay-on-Wye, ward councillor Gareth Ratcliffe said.

But he said there were "issues" issues with people driving up Bear Street the wrong way.

"As you know, this street is tight, and there are no passing places as well as being one way," Coun Ratcliffe, who is also chair of Powys County Council, said.


He urged people to drive responsibly, with Lion Street closed from Monday until Wednesday.

The Old Black Lion said it would remain open for business as usual throughout the works.

According to the AA, the best option is to pull over and wait for a safe time to turn around.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, said: “We all take a wrong turn on occasion, but one of the worst ones to make is where you head in the wrong direction of a one-way street.


“Should a police officer witness you enter the one-way street incorrectly, you could be hit with a careless driving charge.

"However, they may exercise some leniency and decide that the embarrassment caused is punishment enough."

Failing to comply with a traffic sign and careless driving both carry a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points.

Ignoring a traffic sign could even see you fined up to £1,000 if you contest the charge and it goes to court.