BUSINESSES along the A465 Heads of the Valleys road are suffering as a result of delays to a project converting the busy road into a dual carriageway, a Gwent AM has claimed.

The latest stage of the scheme at a four-mile section between Gilwern and Brynmawr, which has involved frequent road closures, started in early 2015 and was due to be completed by next spring.

But last month it was announced the Welsh Government was launching a review into the project, leading to concerns it could be pushed back.

And, speaking in the Senedd this week, South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar said he was concerned a delay could have a “devastating effect on the economy in my region”.

“Local businesses are suffering because of this delay, and some have expressed concern about their future viability, and businesses are really concerned about this delay and all this nonsense going on there,” he said.

Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay also raised concerns around the project, saying residents had told him they were often not informed of road closures in the area.

Leader of the house Julie James said transport secretary Ken Skates would look at the issue.

As part of the project a concrete arch bridge has been built at Gilwern, which the developers have claimed is the largest of its kind in the world.

Two new bridges have also been built at the Glanbaiden roundabout, as well as a footbridge at Gilwern.

And the Welsh Government has said more than 4,000 trees have been planted along the road as part of the project.

For more information on the work, including planned road closures, call 01879 833100 or email