Tag Archives: Ken Skates AM

AM disappointed by Llanellen flood alleviation delay

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay was disappointed to learn that there are still issues to be resolved before the proposed flood alleviation works on the A4042 at Llanellen can commence.

Mr Ramsay has been pressing the Welsh Assembly for some time for a resolution to the flooding problem, which has in the past caused a winter of chaos on the roads in the area.

Speaking on Monday, he said:

“Constituents are constantly chasing me about this issue and were hoping that remedial work, which had been scheduled to be completed before the onset of last winter, would be going ahead very soon.

“I have recently received a letter from the Welsh Assembly Minister for Transport, Ken Skates AM, stating that his officials are currently addressing concerns raised by the land owner and that these issues need to be resolved before the work can begin.

“Progress has been disappointingly slow. I will continue to monitor the situation in the hope that the scheme, for which funding is in place, can go ahead as soon as possible.”

AM presses for urgent update on Abergavenny traffic lights

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has written to the Welsh Government’s Minister for Transport, Ken Skates AM, asking for an urgent update on when the scaffolding and temporary lights are likely to be removed in Abergavenny Town Centre.

Mr Ramsay has written to Mr Skates’ predecessor on many occasions regarding long traffic delays through the town centre due to the temporary traffics lights which have been in place for many months following the fire in Monk Street.

Speaking today, he said:

“I was assured that the temporary lights would be removed by now and certainly well before the Eisteddfod, which begins at the end of July.

“Unfortunately, although additional scaffolding has recently been removed from The George Hotel, one of the buildings damaged by the fire doesn’t look as if it has been repaired and there is still no sign of the scaffolding being removed.

“Until this happens, the temporary lights will presumably have to remain in place, with the continued traffic chaos at peak times in the town. Motorists are becoming increasingly frustrated by the long delays.

“I am pressing the Minister for an update as a matter of urgency so that the town will look at its best for tourists and visitors to the Eisteddfod. I hope it won’t be too long before this situation is resolved.”

AM presses for action on Severn Bridge delays

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is pressing the Welsh Government to take urgent action to improve the current situation at the Old Severn Bridge, following complaints from constituents who are suffering very long delays when crossing the bridge.

In a letter to the Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, Mr Ramsay said:

“People using the Severn Bridge regularly for work and pleasure are becoming very tired of the long delays caused because of the repair work being carried out.

“I understand the work will be continuing until late September and with the main tourist season about to begin, the current problems are likely to get far worse at peak times in the next few months.

“My constituents have contacted customer services for the Severn crossings who say they are aware of the problems and are doing their best to alleviate them – but with queuing on the Chepstow side of the bridge stretching back to St Arvans in the morning rush hour and taking well over an hour to get anywhere near the bridge, many people are understandably becoming extremely frustrated.

“Constituents are calling for work to be carried out around the clock or with a larger workforce so that the repairs can be completed more quickly. They would also like information on queuing status on the M4 and elsewhere if possible so that  people can make plans to avoid the worst of the queues.

“I hope this issue will be investigated as soon as possible in the hope that improvements will be made.”