MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed news from the Government Minister for Transport, Edwina Hart AM, that consideration is being given to how best address safety issues at junction 2 on the M48 Chepstow exit westbound.
Mr Ramsay wrote to the Minister urging her to reconsider the new priority setting at the junction, which constituents had described as “terribly dangerous.”
Previously, it had been possible to use both lanes to exit from the old Severn Bridge to Chepstow but this was changed this year with vehicles restricted to using the left hand side lane if travelling to the business park, leaving the right hand side lane to vehicles travelling to either the M48, on the A466 towards Chepstow or Conway drive towards Thornwell.
Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:
“This situation creates traffic queues blocking the two lanes on the bridge, sometimes right up to the middle. This is extremely dangerous since drivers don’t always realise there is a queue to exit and vehicles are forced to break suddenly. Constituents say they have witnesses a few near misses and are worried that it is only a matter of time before an accident occurs.
“In her response to my letter, the Minister states that this section of the trunk road network was identified as a collision cluster site due to the number of recorded personal injury collisions and consequently in April it was decided to provide road markings to separate conflicting traffic streams and help direct drivers through the roundabout.
“I am pleased that a recent Road Safety Audit report has identified some of the safety issues I have raised and that these are being investigated.”