A470 and opening of Trago Mills
I have continued representations to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport about the capacity of the A470 with the forthcoming opening of the Trago Mills development. You will read the latest response below and I look forward to the widespread notification of the short term measures that will accompmay the opening of this major new development. I am aware that the council and Welsh Government have been discusing these arrangeements with their engineering advisors. I believe these short term measures may assist until the findings of the Stage 3 study are implemented.
Thank you for your recent letter regarding the A470 Trago Mills development in Merthyr Tydfil.
The Stage 2 study is entering its closing stages and a report is due mid March. Current indications are that the capacity of the existing A470 Swansea Road roundabout is sufficient for current and predicted traffic growth. However a Stage 3 study will commence in April to establish any preferred options for mitigating any congestion caused by the layout of the local roads and retail park for implementation subject to my approval later in the year.
Trago Mills is due to open on Saturday 21 April and by nature of this high profile event, some disruption on the A470 is expected. In order to minimise the scale of disruption during this event, a number of short term measures are being developed for implementation before the opening date. These will include the reduction of queuing risk on the A470 (should queuing be unavoidable) through the use of variable message signs, the development of an alternative route and signing strategy, the use of an overflow car park and temporary ‘park and ride’ provision.
The situation will be monitored and if necessary these short term measures will remain in place until any improvements identified by the Stage 3 study are implemented.
Ken Skates AC/AM
Ysgrifennydd y Cabinet dros yr Economi a Thrafnidiaeth
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport”.