Local Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has contacted the Welsh Government Minister for Transport Ken Skates AM highlighting constituents’ concerns about delays on the approach to the Re-Chem roundabout on the A4042 at Cwmbran.
One constituent told Mr Ramsay that despite recent upgrades to the roundabout, delays on the northbound route of the road had got worse, with his journey to work now taking 35-40 minutes rather than 20/25 minutes.
Commenting on the issue, Mr Ramsay said: “In his reply to my letter, the Minister states that changes, including the widening of both the circulatory carriageway and the approaches, were undertaken to increase operational capacity and were delivered via an agreement between the Welsh Government and Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd, the developer responsible for the nearby South Sebastopol development and were considered necessary to help mitigate the additional traffic that the development was likely to generate.
“The Minister added that whilst the adjacent A4042/A472 Pontypool ‘Heron’ Roundabout was currently under review, the Re-Chem roundabout had not been identified as a priority area, although the location would be monitored to identify future changes.
“I passed the Minister’s comments on to my constituents who fear that as the Taylor Wimpey project is only 25% complete, traffic delays could worsen once the project is completed.
“Accordingly, I have written again to Mr Skates to ask his officers to reconsider my constituents’ concerns.”