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THE FUTURE OF THE SEVERN RIVER CROSSINGS: HAVE YOUR SAY

ROAD users and local residents are being invited to have their say about the future of the Severn River crossings.

The Welsh Affairs Committee is seeking views on plans to handover the bridges to public ownership in April 2018.

An oral evidence session is being held at the Drill Hall in Chepstow on Monday 13 June from 10am to 11:30am.

Severn Bridge

Chaired by Monmouth MP David Davies, the committee will first question the Freight Transport Association before gathering opinions from members of the public.

Mr Davies decided to launch an inquiry into the long-term future of the Severn crossings following Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget announcement in March that toll charges will be halved once the bridges revert to public ownership.

The committee intends to establish the timescale for this process and examine what plans are in place to ensure a smooth transition.

Traffic congestion, highways maintenance and toll payment methods will also be scrutinised.

“There has long been public interest in the effects of the tolls on the south Wales economy and the wider impact on users of the bridges,” said Mr Davies.

“The announcement that the tolls are to be halved is therefore fantastic news. While it is not as much of a reduction as some were hoping for, it is certainly a welcome step forward.

“The main priority now is to ensure a proper handover plan is in place when the bridges revert to public ownership.

“Furthermore, the potential for installing an electronic pre-pay system is a key issue as reducing the tolls is likely to increase traffic levels and could lead to big queues on the toll plaza.

“We are very keen to gauge local views as they will not only inform the committee but help us to investigate the subject thoroughly”.

Anyone wishing to attend the evidence session can register and book a free ticket at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-the-severn-river-crossings-share-your-views-tickets-25650070050

AM Meets Minister To Discuss Chepstow’s Dangerous A466 Link Road

CAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay had a meeting at Cardiff Bay yesterday with Edwina Hart AM, Welsh Government Minister for Transport and constituents Mrs Catherine Russell and her daughters from Chepstow. Mrs Russell’s husband was hit by a car and killed on the A466 link road in Chepstow last October, and Mrs Russell launched a campaign with Mr Ramsay’s support, to make this stretch of the A466 safer.

The purpose of the meeting was to stress safety issues with this three lane road where at least five serious accidents have occurred in the last few years.

Commenting today, Mr Ramsay said:

“I was very pleased that the Minister agreed to this meeting with Mrs Russell and her daughters so that they had the opportunity to put forward their views on how road safety could be improved on this section of the A466.

“I’m confident that action will now be taken to improve safety on this stretch of road and will be liaising with the Minister to reach a satisfactory conclusion.”

AM seeks assurance over Tesco Superstore shake-up

LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay said he was concerned to learn that the Chepstow Superstore is one of 76 Tesco stores that will no longer be open 24 hours.

Speaking today, Mr Ramsay said:

“I understand that the company’s decision to end 24-hour shopping at 76 of its stores is attributed to a decline in customers in certain stores due to the growth of online shopping and is part of Tesco’s latest shake -up in efforts to turn its business around.

“Tesco says the impact on employees will be minimal and I hope this will be the case at the Chepstow Superstore.

“I am seeking assurances that these changes will not adversely affect customers and employees.”