Residents unhappy about dualling disruption, AM told

Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay is to table questions to the Welsh Government’s Minister for Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, after ongoing complaints about the disruption caused by the A465 dualling scheme.

Local residents have told Mr Ramsay that they feel the Welsh Government has a carte blanche to carry out road closures at very short notice, causing disruption to residents and local businesses as well as posing a threat to the welfare of livestock.

One resident described the road closures as “intolerable”, claiming that the local population and its elected representatives were “totally powerless” in the face of Costain, the contractors.

Adrian Edwards, Clerk of Llanelly Hill Community Council, said that in May Costain had programmed nine closures in six months but the road had been closed twice that number of times in a four month period.

There is also concern that the Maesygwartha road continues to be used as a rat run, putting both pedestrians and inhabitants at risk, but Costain’s Public Liaison Officer Jeff Mapps, says that many local residents are unwilling to use the diversion route.

Commenting on the issue, Mr Ramsay said: “I was pleased to learn that at the request of local residents further speed calming measures are set to be delivered in Maesygwartha very shortly.

“ While I fully appreciate that road closures are necessary due to the complexity of the dualling project, it is clear that local people are far from happy with the current situation and feel there should be more communication with the programme team.

“I will be passing on their concerns to the Minister as a matter of urgency.”