New road ‘upgrade’ to be removed in Trellech

By Liam O'Callaghan in Transport

MONMOUTHSHIRE County Council (MCC) will remove a controversial walkway causing traffic chaos in Trellech just weeks after it was installed.

The buildout, which was a result of a campaign to improve traffic safety in the town, presented ‘a potential hazard’ after being put in.

It is located on the B4293 at the pedestrian entrance to the west of the Church of St Nicholas and creates a pinch point requiring drivers to give way to oncoming traffic.

Paul Keeble, MCC’s Highways Group Engineer said: “Observations of traffic movements after this feature’s installation revealed that these arrangements presented a potential hazard and we decided to revert to the original proposals.

“We can’t always fully anticipate traffic behaviour at the design stage and we removed this feature as soon as possible based upon road safety concerns.”

The cost of reversing the work apparently falls within the original budget of the scheme according to MCC.

Difficulties for traffic is the first problem to arise from plans for a buildout on that stretch of road. Originally the buildout was not even meant to be in that position.

Mr Keeble said: “Residents and the school at Trellech have raised concerns about traffic safety and a lack of pedestrian facilities for some time.

“In response the council engaged locally on plans to make improvements and after a number of community participation events we developed a scheme to introduce a 20mph zone with supporting measures to provide a safer walking route through the village.

“These proposals involved making use of the path through the church and incorporated a buildout at the village green.

“Unfortunately this arrangement required resolving landowner issues so as an interim measure we provided a buildout at the church gate further along the road to encourage traffic to slow down.”

With the interim measure failing MCC will return to trying make the original plan work. Mr Keeble said: “Church representatives have been contacted and asked if the church gate can be locked to help overcome concerns about pedestrian safety at this location. Meanwhile, the council will look to progress with the original proposal at the village green.”

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