Work starts on road where falling rocks pose ‘risk to life’

Work has begun this week to stabilise an area of road where motorists face “risk to life or injury” from falling rocks.

Tree-felling work began on Monday March 29 as part of important safety work on the A466 between St Arvans and Tintern, Monmouthshire County Council has confirmed.

The project, which involves the removal of rock from the cliff facing the road, is expected to see the road closed for a whole month between St Arvans and Tintern from Tuesday April 6, when contractors will be setting up on-site preparing to begin stabilising the rock face above the road from Saturday April 10.

Cyclists will be able to pass through while the work is happening but all other traffic will need to follow the signed diversion.

Monmouthshire County Council said it was “making every effort to ensure that the works are completed in the shortest time possible.”

Dimitri Batrouni, Labour councillor and leader of the opposition at Monmouthshire County Council, said last month that he welcomed attempts to ensure the safety of the road, but said a long-term solution was needed in order to avoid constant closures.

“”Certain sections of the land are unstable, and in moments of rain or inclement weather, pieces of rock become loose and fall,” he said at the time.

“The land is a risk to life or injury and it is unacceptable, and I welcome measures to ensure safety for members of the public.

“But temporary ad-hoc measures and partial closures of different parts of the road, which have been going on for many months now, will only go so far.”

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A spokesperson for Monmouthshire County Council said: “It is essential that we undertake these important safety works as efficiently and quickly as possible. We are making every effort to ensure that the works are completed in the shortest time possible.

“We have had to time the works to avoid disturbing bats while they are hibernating. We sincerely appreciate the inconvenience that the road closure will bring to residents and visitors travelling through the area, but we must undertake this essential work to keep road users safe.

“Drivers are requested to follow the signed diversion as many of the other lanes in the area are very narrow and winding. Please do not follow your satnav.

“We are grateful to the local community for their patience and understanding. We are working with the businesses in Tintern to support them and keeping residents fully informed, to minimise any potential impact on the village and Wye Valley.”

Further details of the road closure including the diversion route will be available here.

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