Bypass best option for Chepstow - councillors

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A BYPASS for Chepstow is the best long-term option to alleviate the town’s traffic problems, which if left unchecked will result in people avoiding the town Chepstow “like the plague,”, according to a pair of town and community councillors.

We reported last week that the Welsh Government was considering five options to alleviate traffic problems in and around Chepstow.

In a letter, minister Edwina Hart AM told the town’s Assembly Member, Nick Ramsay, that a new bypass was one option open to the Welsh Government.

Other possible measures that could be taken include restricting turning at the Bulwark junction; reviewing traffic signals at the junction by Chepstow’s Tesco supermarket; prohibiting lorries from driving over the Wye Bridge; or incorporating a toll system and altering the High Beech Roundabout.

Cllr David Dovey, member for St Kingsmark, told us: “The preferred option in my book would be a bypass for the town, that would be the best long-term solution. There would be a lot of opposition if they were to prohibit lorries from driving over the Wye Bridge as it used vigorously by the transport industry to the Forest of Dean.

“The main problem is the growth of houses, in particular in Lydney at the moment. There are plans for 300 houses on the land on the Tutshill side of the bridge; this is going to build on the problem of congestion. You only have to sit by the side of the road to see the sheer number of vehicles which go by.”

Cllr Armand Watts, member for Thornwell, said Chepstow was “ill-served” by the A48.

“We have hundreds of school children commuting over the bridge to Wyedean and a river which has the second highest tidal flow,” he said.

“My issue is that By allowing the building of a development of 180 houses at the Fairfield Mabey site, this will bring more traffic to that part of town. “We need to invest in infrastructure, the development at Fairfield will leave complete and utter chaos if a hamburger roundabout is put there - we will lose a proportion of Nelson car park. People are not going to be able to park to invest in the local trade.

“People are going to avoid Chepstow like the plague.”

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8:35pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Magor says...

A bypass will never happen,so sort out the Bulwark junction and the lights outside Tesco.
A bypass will never happen,so sort out the Bulwark junction and the lights outside Tesco. Magor
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8:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

kez1968 says...

why dont they just concrete the whole of wales, there wont be any more green spaces, but you can drive and park wherever you want...
why dont they just concrete the whole of wales, there wont be any more green spaces, but you can drive and park wherever you want... kez1968
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9:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Paxman's Army says...

Bypassing Chepstow. Bypassing Newport with a new M4 Relief Road. Hey! I have a great idea since we're all in the mood to spend money. How 'bout we shell out a few more billion and build a bypass around all of Wales. It'll be like . . an anti-invasion.
Bypassing Chepstow. Bypassing Newport with a new M4 Relief Road. Hey! I have a great idea since we're all in the mood to spend money. How 'bout we shell out a few more billion and build a bypass around all of Wales. It'll be like . . an anti-invasion. Paxman's Army
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5:26pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Paxman's Army wrote:
Bypassing Chepstow. Bypassing Newport with a new M4 Relief Road. Hey! I have a great idea since we're all in the mood to spend money. How 'bout we shell out a few more billion and build a bypass around all of Wales. It'll be like . . an anti-invasion.
Prat.
[quote][p][bold]Paxman's Army[/bold] wrote: Bypassing Chepstow. Bypassing Newport with a new M4 Relief Road. Hey! I have a great idea since we're all in the mood to spend money. How 'bout we shell out a few more billion and build a bypass around all of Wales. It'll be like . . an anti-invasion.[/p][/quote]Prat. Limestonecowboy
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