Calls for English-first road signs

Calls have been made for English to appear first on bilingual road signs in Usk after complaints that non-Welsh speaking drivers are getting confused.

Road closure signs are in place on one of the main routes into the town while gas pipe upgrade work takes place.

But a diversion directing traffic from the A472 to the left along Chepstow Road has been deemed not clear enough and some motorists end up driving straight past.

It brings them to a dead end as the road beyond the fire station towards Twyn Square is blocked off, forcing them to complete a U-turn. Access is to the east end of Monmouth Road only.

Monmouth MP David Davies said changes are needed. 

“I can understand why there have been complaints about these signs,” he said.

“The majority of people driving into Usk are unlikely to be native Welsh speakers and it is expecting quite a lot for them to spot the information in English and turn left on a road with a 60mph speed limit.

“I am all for the Welsh language and speak it fairly fluently but I would have thought that in Usk it would have been more appropriate to put English first.

“I will be writing to the Welsh Government to ask for the signs to be replaced. I will also contact the Welsh Language Commissioner because if we want Welsh to be supported by all communities then it has to be treated appropriately.”