AM gives cautious welcome to A40 surface trial

Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has given a cautious welcome to news from the Welsh Government Minister for Transport, Ken Skates AM, that officials are currently trialling a section of surface treatment on a section of the noisy A40 between Abergavenny and Raglan.

Responding to a letter from Mr Ramsay who has supported local residents in their long running campaign for the outdated concrete surface to be replaced with whisper tarmac, Mr Skates said that while there were no plans to resurface the Abergavenny – Raglan section of the A40, officials were trialling a section of surface treatment on the Westbound carriageway.

The trial is being undertaken to establish potential durability and noise reduction and if effective could be suitable for application along the whole area.

The detailed design of the noise mitigation measures for Priority 1 Noise Action Plan Priority sites along this section of the A40 is already underway. The measures,  which will all be implemented in the 2019/2020 financial year, consist of noise barriers in proximity to the Priority 1 Noise Action Plan site.

Commenting on the Minister’s response, Mr Ramsay said: “As a Raglan resident, I am very well aware that many residents, particularly those living in the Primrose Green, Fairfax View and Old Monmouth Road areas of the village, are affected by excessive noise from the A40, whilst residents at The Bryn and Bryngwyn have been campaigning for over a decade to have the road resurfaced.

“There is also concern that should the M4 relief not be built more traffic would be using the A40 and noise levels would inevitably increase.

“This issue has gone on for far too long and residents are understandably becoming   frustrated and angered by so many delays. I will be keeping a close watch on how these plans progress, with the hope that the proposed measures will indeed prove effective in reducing the horrendous noise levels on this busy stretch of road.”