We’re making some temporary changes to make Chepstow safe for our communities to return and support our local shops and businesses. A fantastic marketing strategy has already started.
To maximise opportunities for social distancing, High Street will be fully pedestrianised between 10am and 4pm, with no vehicle access other than Blue Badge holders, who will be permitted to access disabled parking bays. Vehicle access outside those hours is for deliveries only. These timings are to be amended to be consistent with the arrangements on St Mary’s Street and will offer space for additional pavement café areas.
A pedestrian ‘keep left’ system will be promoted on High Street, with a one way system at Town Arch and a new diagonal crossing point provided to cross to Welsh Street.
Traffic calming measures on Station Road will ensure connectivity for pedestrians from High Street to St Mary Street and will open up Beaufort Square.
Cycle stands will be provided at key areas.
Access over Chepstow Bridge will be limited to less than 3 vehicles at any one time and a maximum of 3T, but fully open for cyclists and pedestrians. Monitoring equipment will be installed to assist engineers with the future management arrangements for the structure.
In Bulwark, we will seek the private landowner’s agreement to close off the private access roads fronting the shops, increasing space for social distancing. Shoppers are encouraged to use the free MCC car park at the Severn View Social Centre.
Phase 2 comprises a 20mph zone with speed reduction measures at entrance points covering the whole of Chepstow except A466 and A48.
All of the changes are part of a trial. We will be seeking live feedback and we will tweak, add to, change or remove measures as appropriate. We will learn quickly and adapt as we go to improve based on feedback. If some of the changes are successful, we will consider making them permanent, following future consultation.