AM calls for assessment of dangerous Gilwern road

LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has written to Monmouthshire County Council to ask for an urgent assessment to be carried out on the A40 and A65 Glangrwyney to Gilwern road, which constituents claim has become  “a dangerous rat run.”

Mr Ramsay pictured with Gilwern constituent, Mr Howard Williams

Mr Ramsay pictured with Gilwern constituent, Mr Howard Williams

Mr Ramsay has written to the council’s Traffic and Networks Manager, Paul Keeble, after visiting a constituent in Gilwern who expressed concern about the volume of traffic passing through Lower Common, Gilwern, using the country lane as a rat run to access the A40 from the A65.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Ramsay said:

“Many heavy vehicles are using the road moving stone from and to the A65.  The road is not really suitable for either the volume of traffic at busy times of the day or the size of the vehicles, many of which are probably relying on satellite navigation to find the shortest route.

“I have asked the council if an assessment of the road could be made with a view to considering a 20mph speed limit and a possible weight restriction to deter heavy lorries.

“There is a school in the vicinity and this is basically a country lane that is not designed for the traffic using it.

“I fear that sooner or later there will be an accident is some action isn’t taken.“

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