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AM hears of options to improve Chepstow’s traffic problems

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed confirmation from the Government’s Transport Minister, Edwina Hart AM, that her officials are currently considering five options to help alleviate traffic congestion in Chepstow.

Priority is being given to improving the current A48 layout to help address the air quality and road safety, and feasibility design work is taking place to prohibit turning movements at the Bulwark junction. Options for improvements at the Highbeech roundabout are also being considered. However, a proposal for a new bypass is unlikely to be considered any further during the current financial year because of competing priorities in Wales for transport projects.

Commenting on the Minister’s response to his letter, Mr Ramsay said:

“I am pleased that some progress is being made. There have been a number of major incidents of traffic congestion in the town this summer, with tailbacks through the town centre. If there is a breakdown or accident, the Mount Pleasant Hardwick Hill area suffers chaos and pollution. The safety of pedestrians is also being put in jeopardy because of the number of heavy vehicles using the road.

“I hope the Welsh Government, County and Town Councils will work together to try to find both a short and long term solution to the town’s serious traffic problems.”

AM meets Councillor to discuss Chepstow’s serious traffic problems

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is seeking a meeting with the Welsh Government Minister for Transport, Edwina Hart AM, to discuss Chepstow’s increasingly serious traffic problems.

Mr Ramsay, who has raised the matter with the Minister on a number of occasions, recently met up in Chepstow with Cllr. Paul Pavia, Town Councillor for Larkfield, to see for himself the town’s traffic congestion.

Nick Ramsay AM and Cllr Paul Pavia on Hardwick Hill, Chepstow following their meeting

Nick Ramsay AM and Cllr Paul Pavia on Hardwick Hill, Chepstow following their meeting

Speaking after the meeting with Cllr. Pavia, Nick said:

“The Minister is currently considering five main options to alleviate traffic congestion in Chepstow, including a proposal for a new bypass. Other options are restricting turning movements at the Bulwark junction; reviewing the traffic signals at the Tesco junction; prohibiting HGVs from the Wye Bridge or incorporating a toll system, and altering High Beech Roundabout.

“There have been a number of major incidents of traffic congestion in the town this summer, with tailbacks through the town centre. If there is a breakdown or accident, the Mount Pleasant/Hardwick Hill area suffers chaos and pollution – and the situation can only get worse. The safety of pedestrians is also being out in jeopardy because of the number of heavy vehicles using the road.

“There is an urgent need for the Welsh Government, County and Town Councils to work together to try to find both a short and long term solution to the town’s traffic problems.

“I will be pressing the Minister for a meeting to discuss what progress is being made and whether any decision has been made on the options being considered.“

AM Supports Calls for Chepstow Trunk Road Improvements

Local Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay is calling on the Welsh Government to deal with serious traffic congestion in Chepstow following major incidents of traffic gridlock in the town in recent weeks.

The issue was raised with Mr Ramsay by local Chepstow Town Councillor for Larkfield, Paul Pavia, following the recent tailbacks through the town and concerns about the resulting pollution.

Speaking today Nick said:

“I appreciate local concerns about traffic problems in Chepstow and the busy trunk road. I’m taking up the matter with the Welsh Government as urgent action needs to be taken to improve the current situation.

“Cllr Paul Pavia has also flagged up with me the fact that as the trunk road rises up Hardwick Hill the crest of the hill has been designated an Air Quality Management Area under EU directives due to the amount of traffic emissions being produced.

“It’s clear to me and to Cllr Pavia that the Welsh Government needs to engage with the Town and County Council to find both a short and long-term solution to Chepstow’s traffic problems.”