Dual carriageway ‘third lane’ a step closer with £260,000 grant

By Marcus Law in Transport

A SOLUTION to traffic trouble on the A40 in Monmouth is another step closer after a £260,000 grant.

The project to introduce a third lane to the A40 in Monmouth has been discussed for some time, with hopes the changes will improve westbound traffic flow on the trunk road.

Proposed by the Welsh Assembly and Monmouthshire County Council (MCC), the new 170-metre carriageway will be used as a dedicated lane for turning left over the bridge.

Monmouth will receive £260,000 for improvements to the A40/A466 Wyebridge junction under the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund grant. Along with ‘improvements’ to the road, the final project will also feature alterations to the existing underpass.

The grant comes after Welsh Government funding of £387,000 was granted for the next stage of the project last March, along with a grant of £90,000 received in 2015. It is expected that a total of £1.3 million will be needed for the project.

Work has already taken place on the Grade II-listed bridge to allow contractors to look at the strength of the structure. Permission was granted last August for 22 exploratory holes to be made in and around the bridge to determine the structural integrity of the bridge and the condition of the ground nearby.

Alongside the grant for the Wyebridge junction, MCC has received a £38,000 for a new zebra crossing on Wonastow Road.

The grant comes as part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Safe Routes in Communities’ scheme, and will see a pedestrian crossing and associated footway improvements installed on Wonastow Road.

Paul Matthews, MCC’s Chief Executive said: “The funding for Monmouth should help to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.”

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