Driving through Chepstow at times resembles rush hour in Lagos or Mexico City

Driving through Chepstow can at times be as bad as rush hour in any major city around the world, Parliament has heard.

Monmouth MP David Davies raised the long-standing issue of Chepstow’s chronic congestion and poor air quality during Wales Questions in the House of Commons today.

Addressing Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and his deputy Nigel Adams, Mr Davies once again pressed the case for building a bypass to ease traffic problems on the A48 at Hardwick Hill and A466 High Beech roundabout.

“There are times when a drive through Chepstow resembles rush hour in Lagos or Mexico City,” he said.

“Will my right honourable friends therefore do everything they possibly can to encourage the local authority in Gloucestershire, the Welsh Government and the Department for Transport to work with Monmouthshire County Council to deliver that bypass as soon as possible?”

Wales Office Minister Mr Adams said regular discussions are being held with the Welsh Government on cross-border roads, including a proposed Chepstow bypass. 

He added: “We know a bypass could improve journey times between Chepstow and Gloucestershire, as well as reduce air pollution, and we look forward to working with Welsh Government to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure.

“This government is dedicated to improved transport infrastructure across Wales, including a new (M4) relief road, we have abolished the tolls over the Severn and I know from personal experience on Saturday that Chepstow could do with a bypass.”