Councillors and highways engineers from Monmouthshire County Council have met with a local timber company to address residents’ concerns over heavy traffic on the neighbouring road network. Residents of Hereford Road in Mardy have drawn attention to the number of lorries driven through the vicinity delivering timber from mid-Wales to the Pontrilas Sawmills between Abergavenny and Hereford. The speed of lorries was an additional factor.
Following the meeting, a number of actions were agreed. The sawmill managers will consider re-routing a number of their lorries through Abergavenny via Merthyr Road and they will write to the Welsh Government in support of an A40 by-pass to the south of the town. They will also emphasise to drivers that they should use Hereford Road only when necessary and follow up with checks, as well as providing details to the council’s highways team on future harvesting operations so that related journeys can be featured on the regular road works report published weekly on Monmouthshire’s website.
Meanwhile, the council will look at the feasibility of extending the 30mph speed limit on Hereford Road as well as offering the attendance of the road safety officer at the firm’s Certificate of Professional Competence driving workshops.
Councillor Bryan Jones, cabinet member for county operations was at the meeting. He said: “Our meeting with the sawmill management was a productive one and we will examine the proposed measures with a view to improving the traffic issues around Mardy.”