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Readers of the recently published Chepstow Transport Study commissioned by Monmouthshire County Council and the traffic consultants Arup, may be surprised there is no mention of the essential short-term road improvements proposed for the notorious bottle-neck high beech roundabout road junctions. This is despite the vigorous Congestion Free Chepstow campaign by Transition Chepstow and allied drivers’ vocal pressure as strongly expressed at the two previous packed public meetings held on this controversial issue. The South Wales Trunk Road Agent has currently completed only half of the necessary access road improvements required, namely the A48 westwards and Fairview junctions. The two remaining HBR main access roads, namely the A48 eastwards from Pwllmeyric and the A466 southwards from Monmouth, still await to be similarly improved by the implementation of the requisite dual white line lane markings. Road modifications essential to enhance traffic flow, to promote road safety and to mitigate the adverse health effects of air pollution.
The already existing dual alignment of vehicles approaching the HBR access road junctions is evidently illustrative of the available required road width space. This situation has been confirmed by the detailed precise kerb measurements undertaken by the Transition Chepstow Transport Group.
In subsequent recent direct discussions with Welsh Government officials, TCTG members expressed their dissatisfaction with the partial and inconsistent implementation of the HBR road markings improvements. Specifically, the misuse of inappropriate traffic models and out of date 2016 data of dubious current validity, was critically questioned. However, the WG officials have indicated that consideration of related planned measures separate from the ARUP proposals, are being reviewed with potential progress expected in early 2021.
Any further impetus to complete the urgent particular HBR traffic improvement project will be reliant upon the determined efforts of Chepstow road users to ensure that their views are clearly expressed.
The essential additional publicity provided by the use of social media and the local press, is a vital means to ensure the urgent success of the ongoing Transition Chepstow campaign efforts to provide an improved and sustainable transport system and infrastructure in Chepstow.
The Welsh Government has commended the exemplar community initiatives and actions of Transition Chepstow in galvanising local support, and for their positive liaison with local, Welsh and UK Governments to achieve positive change.
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Join us at a meeting with local politicians and other decision makers to find out about developments concerning traffic in Chepstow and how plans are being implemented. Come hear about the progress made since the last meeting in April, keep your politicians to their promises and have your say at The Arts Hall, Chepstow School on Thursday, 16th January 2020 at 7.30pm.
Please join and share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/513237645942751/
Transition Chepstow is working with a number of partners to reduce the horrendous traffic problems in Chepstow. One of the solutions is improving public transport.
A new commuter bus service from Chepstow to Bristol is proposed if it can be shown there is demand for the service. If you might use it please complete the survey at https://zeelo.typeform.com/to/JSncld. It will not be able to launch without your support!
The times the service will run varies depending on demand: for commuters going to work, and at other times if we can show a need. Transition Chepstow has contacted Zeelo who will start services in early 2020 if the demand is high enough to Bristol, possibly including Filton, Cribbs Causeway and Abbey Wood. The service guarantees you a seat in a coach style service picking you up at a convenient point near your home and going non-stop to Bristol. By completing in the survey you are not committing to use the service.
Commuters will arrive on time and relaxed for work and the more people that take up the potential service the greater the relief on congestion and air pollution in Chepstow. This is one of the many initiatives Transition Chepstow is taking to relieve traffic congestion. For every 100 commuters transferring from cars this will save 403kg of CO2 a day and 91 tons a tear. “Hopefully this will lead to a renascence in the use of public transport, but to make it work we need as many people as possible considering using the service to fill the survey’ said Tim Melville, Coordinator, Transition Chepstow.
For further information contact Transport@transitionchepstow.org.uk.
There is also a reminder about what can currently be upcycled through Monmouthshire County Council’s kerbside service and at Five Lanes: MCC Recycling.
We hope to update this information periodically as new recycling opportunities become available.