Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay was pleased to learn that the design of a number of measures to improve safety on the A466 link road at Chepstow is ongoing, although progress was “painfully slow.”
Mr Ramsay has been pressing the Welsh Government to carry out much needed road safety improvements on this stretch of road, which claimed the lives of three people between 2013 and 2016. He was recently contacted by a constituent whose husband was tragically killed on the link road and who has been campaigning for safety measures to be implemented.
Measures proposed by the Welsh Government include improvements to the signing and road marking layouts; the introduction of a 50mph speed limit along the link road and M48 Junction 2 Newhouse interchange and the possible installation of enforcement cameras. Subject to the completion of designs and the availability of funding, the measures would be implemented towards the end of the current financial year.
Further measures could include improvements to the Newhouse interchange exit onto the A466, which would require the removal of at least two lay-bys adjacent to the northbound carriageway, and the diversion of the existing public rights of way to avoid crossing the A466, with an alternative route via the Mathern Road underbridge.
Commenting on the latest update, Mr Ramsay said: “I was pleased to receive some positive news from the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Ken Skates, although progress is very slow and local residents are understandably extremely frustrated by the long delay.
“I will continue to monitor the situation and press for measures to be put in place to make this dangerous stretch of road safer.”