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AM urges Minister to reconsider speed limit on A48 Chepstow bridge

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is urging the Welsh Government’s Minister for Transport, Edwina Hart AM, to reconsider a plea from Chepstow Town Councillors and local residents to reduce the speed limit on the A48 River Wye Bridge.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:

“While the installation of a guardrail on the footway across the bridge has been welcomed by local residents, there is a strong feeling that further safety measures such as a 30mph speed limit and crash barriers are urgently needed.

“Town Councillors have pointed out that the A48 bridge at Chepstow is the narrowest point on the A48 between Gloucester and Cardiff and that it simply isn’t safe to allow vehicles to approach and pass each other at closing speeds of 80mph to 100mph on such a narrow unprotected bridge, let alone have pedestrians within a metre of them.

“Councillors, local residents, pupils and parents have petitioned patiently for over two years for the speed limit to be reduced on this dangerous bridge, which is on a major route to Wyedean School and are understandably unhappy with the Minister’s decision to retain the 50mph speed limit.

“While safety at the bridge is a major concern, there are also ongoing problems with congestion on the A48 between Tescos and the roundabout, and health hazards for residents of Hardwick Hill.

“I fully support the town council’s call for a more detailed explanation of the arguments against a 30mph speed restriction and for a new and open review of both traffic and pedestrian safety.

“Let us not wait for a serious accident to occur in order to provide the appropriate collision statistics – action needs to be taken now.”

AM welcomes news of Chepstow guardrail

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed news from the Welsh Government that a pedestrian guardrail on the A48 in Chepstow is programmed to be completed during the current financial year.

Mr Ramsay took the matter up with the Welsh Government’s Minister for Transport, Edwina Hart AM, after constituents claimed pedestrians were risking their lives by taking a short cut from the Tesco car park and crossing at the traffic lights on the A48.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:

“I was pleased to hear that the guardrail is to be installed on the footway across the A48 Wye Bridge in the southern verge adjacent to Tesco.  Hopefully, this will prevent pedestrians from stepping out into the carriageway and crossing at the Station Road traffic lights to and from the supermarket car park

“However, Chepstow Town Council together with local residents feel strongly that safety would be further improved if a reduced speed limit was put on the bridge.

“I will again take this up with the Government’s Transport Minister.”

Local AM Addresses Public Meeting in Chepstow

Last Thursday evening Monmouth Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, attended a public meeting organised by Chepstow Town Council to brief councillors and members of the public on the proposed devolution of tax powers to the Assembly.

Nick is currently undertaking a tour of councils in the constituency to help explain the proposed financial changes to the way the Assembly works and to answer questions from those with concerns about the proposals.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:

“The public meeting in Chepstow was well attended and provided an ideal opportunity for me to explain the proposed devolution of tax powers to the Assembly and to listen to people’s concerns.

“People were also free to discuss other issues with me, and it’s always good to meet constituents and hear their views on a wide range of subjects. I look forward to my tour of the constituency continuing over the coming months”