MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has welcomed news that Monmouthshire County Council are considering extending the 30mph speed limit on Station Road, Raglan, and also what other action might be undertaken to improve pedestrian safety, particularly between Puddleducks Nursery and Raglan School.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Ramsay said:
“Because there is no pavement along Station Road, parents are understandably concerned about the safety issue for both the school and the nursery. I understand that a proposal for a designated walkway down Station Road may be considered and hopefully the council will also decide to extend the 30mph limit beyond Puddleducks, which is currently in a 60mph zone, preferably as far as the Sports Ground. This would ensure that children walking along Station Road are not confronted by vehicles travelling at a high speed.
“The council say that these improvements may not be imminent due to scarce finances but hopefully it won’t be too before this safety issue is addressed.”
MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has received an update from Highways England on measures being taken to help alleviate delays at the M48 Severn Bridge.
Mr Ramsay contacted the authority pressing for urgent action to be taken following complaints from constituents who were becoming extremely frustrated by long delays at the bridge.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Ramsay said:
“I have been told that the reason for the lane restriction is for essential work to be carried out on the main suspension cable during the summer months when the weather conditions are better. As the access scaffolding is above the safety fence and overhangs the carriageway, a lane closure is an essential safety requirement.
“On the Westbound carriageway extra resources are being used to accelerate the work, and all westbound traffic management is due to be removed in mid-August, ahead of September 12th when Network Rail will be closing the Severn Tunnel. An improvement has been made by installing traffic lights at Junction 2 Newhouse roundabout to control eastbound traffic.
“With regard to queues at the toll booths, Highways England say they are making additional investment in marketing the TAG scheme to improve flow rates through the tolls. They are keen to encourage the use of electronic devices used by customers to pre-pay for crossings. Contactless payments over all lanes are also being implemented to speed up transaction times for customers who opt to pay using credit or debit cards. Highways England are also working with Severn River Crossings to look at ways pf providing information to help customers identify the most appropriate toll lane to help reduce queuing.
“I hope these measures will be effective in improving the situation at the Old Severn Bridge and that they will be put in place very soon.”
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.”