MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed confirmation from the Government’s Transport Minister, Edwina Hart AM, that her officials are currently considering five options to help alleviate traffic congestion in Chepstow.
Priority is being given to improving the current A48 layout to help address the air quality and road safety, and feasibility design work is taking place to prohibit turning movements at the Bulwark junction. Options for improvements at the Highbeech roundabout are also being considered. However, a proposal for a new bypass is unlikely to be considered any further during the current financial year because of competing priorities in Wales for transport projects.
Commenting on the Minister’s response to his letter, Mr Ramsay said: “I am pleased that some progress is being made. There have been a number of major incidents of traffic congestion in the town this summer, with tailbacks through the town centre. If there is a breakdown or accident, the Mount Pleasant Hardwick Hill area suffers chaos and pollution. The safety of pedestrians is also being put in jeopardy because of the number of heavy vehicles using the road.
“I hope the Welsh Government, County and Town Councils will work together to try to find both a short and long term solution to the town’s serious traffic problems.”