Preparations for a return to two-way traffic on Monnow Street in Monmouth are underway despite the impending firebreak lockdown. Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed that although delayed, the line repainting in Agincourt Square will take place as soon as the weather improves. This will be swiftly followed by a return to two-way traffic.

The temporary scheme, which will still enable social distancing as part of the measures to tackle COVID-19, will see short stay parking, along with blue badge spaces and loading bays introduced, in addition to wide footways. The existing cycle lane will be removed to make room for the two-way traffic as before.

“We appreciate the feedback received from residents and businesses and have adapted the measures introduced to help shoppers and visitors feel safe and able to social distance in town. These measures are still temporary and any future long-term plans for Monnow Street will involve public consultation,” said Councillor Bob Greenland, Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council.

“Monmouthshire’s businesses have fought hard to overcome the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this latest lockdown will prove very difficult. But, we are here to support them and we will be announcing details of the latest firebreak business support grants shortly,” said Councillor Greenland.  “In addition, we will be launching our Christmas Shop Local Shop Monmouthshire campaign next month to promote local shops and businesses.

“Work will continue on Monnow Street over the next fortnight and it is hoped that everything will be in place ready to welcome back shoppers when the firebreak ends on Monday 9th November. Until then, we continue to ask residents to stay safe, and stay home as much as possible.”