TEMPORARY traffic lights will operate - and pedestrian access will be limited - on the Wye Bridge at Monmouth from Wednesday-Friday January 15-17.

Welsh Water needs to carry out further ground investigation work after initial trial holes bored last week on one of the footpaths revealed that it is not possible to use the preferred route for a new water pipe.

The company needs to plan a route for a new water pipe to help maintain a good quality, reliable supply of water to customers’ taps in the future.

The second phase of investigations will again require temporary two way lights which move the current traffic light system further back off the bridge onto the A466. These temporary lights will be manned during busy periods to ensure the least possible disruption to traffic.

Pedestrian access will only be available on one side of the bridge.

Work will also be necessary in the verge of the A40 just south of the junction with the Wye Bridge. This will involve a lane closure, and will be carried out between 8pm on Monday January 13 and 6am the following morning.

"There will be no disruption to water or waste water services whilst we carry out this work. We will liaise with local residents and businesses when we are planning the main section of work which we hope to begin in April," said Welsh Water delivery manager Roy Samuel.

Anyone with queries about this work may contact Welsh Water customer services on 0800 052 0130 or e-mail water.operations.enquiries@dwrcymru.com