Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, wrote to Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport last month requesting an update on a possible bypass for Chepstow.
Nick enquired about discussions that had taken place with the new UK Government since the election last December as Chepstow residents need as solution to the growing congestion in and around the town as a matter of urgency.
Mr Ramsay received a reply to his letter yesterday in which the Minister stated:
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Transport on more than one occasion to seek his commitment to work with Welsh Government to fund cross-border road improvements. UK Government funding would need to come from two sources: the Road Investment Strategy 2 and the Major Network Road Fund. The latter applies to strategic roads not under the control of Highways England. Without this commitment, there is little opportunity for us to see better road connectivity between Wales and England.
“My officials continue to engage with the Department of Transport and the Secretary of state for Wales’ office to discuss possible schemes. Chepstow By-Pass is one identified by the Secretary of State for Wales’ office.
“As advised in my letter of 4 February, the WeITAG study is considering a number of interventions including a bypass of the town and improvements to public transport and active travel provision with the aim of reducing over-reliance on the car. It is important that all solutions are properly appraised before deciding on the best solution to tackle congestion and poor air quality.”