Updated 7th May 2021

Usk update

It has been confirmed that the temporary traffic lights and associated traffic management measures on Bridge Street in Usk will be removed by 7am on Monday 10th May.  The barrel planters, currently on Bridge Street, will be relocated throughout Usk where possible, in liaison with the Town Council and Usk in Bloom.

The easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of schools and businesses have resulted in increased traffic volumes in Usk and we have been aware of longer queue times and queue lengths along Bridge Street recently. We are concerned that with the increased traffic levels, the temporary lights are no longer operating effectively and have concluded that now is the right time to remove them. Although pollution levels remain well below trigger levels, we are also concerned that increased queue lengths could result in a potential impact on air quality, which we want to avoid.  Wales is now in Alert Level 3.  Case numbers are currently low in Usk and a high proportion of residents have now received at least one COVID vaccination, however visitors and shoppers are advised to continue to socially distance where possible and to wear a face mask where social distancing is not possible.

Over coming months, the council will work with the Town Council to engage with local residents and the business community to consider a vision for Usk’s future, including potential options for permanent measures to manage traffic flow through Usk town centre (noting that this administration has committed to not introducing a one-way system during its term).  The council will continue to work with Usk Town Council and Lorry Watch volunteers to monitor the current regulations, which prohibit lorries exceeding 7.5 tonnes in weight (unless they require access for deliveries and loading).  The council will continue to work with Gwent Police and GoSafe to ensure the 20mph speed limit in Usk town is observed, considering additional awareness and advisory measures as necessary.

A Traffic Regulation Order is being published for consultation to introduce single yellow lines prohibiting parking and waiting at key times near the chip shop and fire station, which will assist traffic flows, with a view to implementing these measures within the next 10-12 weeks.

Information – previous measures 3/7/20

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