Work on Brynglas tunnels set to go ahead

First published in News by

MOTORWAY traffic around Newport is due to be diverted on Friday and Saturday nights for the next year while work is done in the Brynglas Tunnels overnight.

Welsh ministers published a notice on Friday to say that work in the tunnels could start as early as the second day of the Nato Summit on September 5, and will continue for a maximum of 16 months.

The work is due to take place from 8pm on any Friday or Saturday during that time, until 6am the following day.

Both sides of the road will not be closed simultaneously, according to Friday's notice.

The M4 between the exit and entry slip roads for Junction 25a to St Julian's and Caerleon, and Junction 26 for Malpas Road, will be affected, with westbound traffic having to leave at Junction 25a and follow the A4042 and A4051 to rejoin the M4 at Junction 26, and vice versa.

The Argus reported earlier this year that politicians had approved work to boost the tunnel's safety, three years on from a lorry fire which brought the M4 to a halt.

Edwina Hart, minister for the economy, science and transport, agreed to employ contractors to develop proposals for refurbishing and improving “life safety measures” in the tunnels, including lighting.

The westbound tunnel was fitted with temporary strip lighting following the 2011 fire.

In May this year a Welsh Government spokesman said the work would be in both tunnels and would include a new road surface, tunnel lining, drainage, lighting and other works to "increase resilience and improve protection of the traveling public in the event of a fire".

William Graham AM welcomed the plans but warned that they meant more disruption for motorists.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:37am Mon 25 Aug 14

SpaceRaiders says...

A year!?! They've been messing around with that bit of road for years already. What on Earth needs doing that can take over a year? There's nothing wrong with the lighting that's in there now. It's not like you can't see.
If a lorry catches fire in the tunnels then they will be shut with or without the new safety improvements so what's the point?
A year!?! They've been messing around with that bit of road for years already. What on Earth needs doing that can take over a year? There's nothing wrong with the lighting that's in there now. It's not like you can't see. If a lorry catches fire in the tunnels then they will be shut with or without the new safety improvements so what's the point? SpaceRaiders
  • Score: 9

11:19am Mon 25 Aug 14

displayed says...

This is summit bout nuthing....

Its all part of the nasty lill nato plan to restrict access thro an around Newport.
The timing is perfik.............
All carefully planned by the security services!
Simples!
This is summit bout nuthing.... Its all part of the nasty lill nato plan to restrict access thro an around Newport. The timing is perfik............. All carefully planned by the security services! Simples! displayed
  • Score: -11

1:36pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Come on this work is long overdue and is being done overnight in most cases and will take quite a long time to complete. Give these contractors some credit. It will take some time to strip the old stuff, prepare the tunnel walls for the new and then to fit it in place. Add to that the resurfacing of the motorway which can't be done at the same time as the tunnel walls so needs to be done on turn. 16 months times four weekend is only 64 weekends to do both tunnels and resurface, work out how many hours that is and you will see it's not that much time.
Come on this work is long overdue and is being done overnight in most cases and will take quite a long time to complete. Give these contractors some credit. It will take some time to strip the old stuff, prepare the tunnel walls for the new and then to fit it in place. Add to that the resurfacing of the motorway which can't be done at the same time as the tunnel walls so needs to be done on turn. 16 months times four weekend is only 64 weekends to do both tunnels and resurface, work out how many hours that is and you will see it's not that much time. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 5

6:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

smiffy76 says...

It will be a pain in the ****.
The SDR would be the natural diversion if they had built the roundabouts right world be easy.
It will be a pain in the ****. The SDR would be the natural diversion if they had built the roundabouts right world be easy. smiffy76
  • Score: -4

10:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

mr david says...

All rounabouts in newport are a mess.,the M4 junction 28, the one by old riseing sun on the rounabout cross from inside lane to the middle lane what a mess .Plus more in newport .
All rounabouts in newport are a mess.,the M4 junction 28, the one by old riseing sun on the rounabout cross from inside lane to the middle lane what a mess .Plus more in newport . mr david
  • Score: -2

11:34am Tue 26 Aug 14

JanJenkins says...

NATO summit is closing most of the roads around Newport, and the tunnels are being closed for maintenance, Caerleon has had main roads closed for two weeks for maintenance and Now the main roads through the Lodge estate are to be closed for two weeks during the Summit for resurfacing, Newport Council needs to get its act together what a terrible bit of organizing, Use the Public transport we have been told during the NATO summit There wont be any. due to road closures and if there is when are they actuallty going to run , not to any current timetable thats for sure.
NATO summit is closing most of the roads around Newport, and the tunnels are being closed for maintenance, Caerleon has had main roads closed for two weeks for maintenance and Now the main roads through the Lodge estate are to be closed for two weeks during the Summit for resurfacing, Newport Council needs to get its act together what a terrible bit of organizing, Use the Public transport we have been told during the NATO summit There wont be any. due to road closures and if there is when are they actuallty going to run , not to any current timetable thats for sure. JanJenkins
  • Score: -3

12:16pm Tue 26 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

Crikey! A year and a half! Sounds like a major refurb.
Crikey! A year and a half! Sounds like a major refurb. DavidMclean
  • Score: -3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree