Concerns raised about A466 road closures

David Davies MP has met with Community Councillor Rita Edwards to discuss the impact of the ongoing A466 closures between Tintern and St Arvans in Chepstow.

The A466 has been closed from 7th May 2019 between St Arvans and Tintern for Monmouthshire County Council to undertake stabilisation works of a 200m section of unstable cliff face. However, the road closure is causing havoc for local businesses, which are urging the council to hurry up with completing the works.

Upon visiting the site, David Davies MP said: “the continued closure of the road is causing devastation for businesses in Tintern. There are ways through but as we saw today, the alternative routes are narrow and in very poor condition”.

In response to concerns raised by Tintern Community Council and local businesses, the Council has made available extended working hours and weekend working to ensure the works are complete as quickly as possible.

However, Mr Davies is calling for answers after some local people had told him that they had walked the route and noticed that nobody seemed to be working there.

Community Councillor Rita Edwards explained that businesses are “desperate for the work to be finished and for improvements to be made to the other roads in the area which are falling apart.

She also highlighted issues with poor signage in the area, with “one sign warning people not to rely on their satnavs yet nobody in the area seems to know what it means.”

The site is said to have ecological complications and has required appropriate assessments and licensing to be put in place before any works could proceed. The road closures are expected to last for up to seven weeks.