Tintern and surrounding areas are open for business despite road works to the A466. Summer is here and marks the start of fetes and activities in the Wye Valley. A time to visit Tintern Abbey and take stock of the beautiful Monmouthshire Countryside. Monmouthshire County Council urges residents and visitors to take care due to the essential stabilisation work to the Wye Valley, A466 Tintern to St Arvans road. Work is expected to continue for five weeks, the contractor is working to a completion date of Friday 19th July.
The area has been the subject of extensive studies and consultation before allowing the work to proceed. Monmouthshire County Council is working closely with the contractor to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and has been assured that the contractor is working a pattern of 11 days in 14 and an eleven hour working day.
However, the work is complex and involves ground anchors being drilled into the rock face. The council is working closely with the contractor to continually investigate how the works might be amended to reduce the road closure.
A diversion is in place along the B4293 via Devauden and Trelleck which is hoped to enable residents and visitors to visit and travel through the Wye Valley. For more information visit: https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/2019/05/a466-closure-st-arvans-to-tintern/
Communication between the council and businesses and residents will continue during the work. The nature of the work and closure of the road has led to disruption and has had an impact on businesses.
In coming weeks a number of events are taking place, residents and visitors are encouraged to use the diversions in place to visit Tintern Fete on Saturday 29th June, take a look around Tintern Old Station, walk around the Abby and pay a visit to one of the many pubs in the area.
Cllr Jane Pratt, Cabinet Member for Operations said:
‘I understand and empathise with those affected by the road closure. The work is taking place to ensure this beautiful part of the county can be accessed safely by many people now and in the future. I applaud the work of my fellow councillor Ann Webb, her consistent positive communication with local residents has ensured spirits are high and the village and its businesses flourish’