Opening of Trago Mills
Can I thank those local residents who have asked me about the traffic arrangements for the opening of the new Trago Mills development. As your Assembly Member I have been asking the Welsh Government and their local partners over many months to ensure there are adequate traffic plans in place to help local residents and to ensure emergency vehicles can have safe routes in case of congestion.
We must all hope that such a landmark shopping and leisure destination is a big success as that will assist our local economy.
The latest information I have to share is as follows:
- There have been multi agency planning exercises involving all stakeholders to ensure that the potential effects of the opening are being taken seriously.
- The Network Management Division in Welsh Government are continuing to prepare for the opening and will be installing temporary message signs.
- Extending the Traffic Officer service to cover an extended area of the trunk road network.
- Traffic Wales will be providing traffic information via Variable Message Sign (VMS) messaging, the Traffic Wales web site, social media and INRIX for the motorway and trunk road network in Wales.
The Welsh Government is working with the local authority to ensure local information is comprehensive.
Merthyr Tydfil CBC tell me they:
- have been, and are, working with colleagues from the Police, the Trunk Road Agency (who are responsible for the A470 and A465 on behalf of Welsh Government) and others to ensure that as much information is put into the public domain to alleviate traffic congestion problems as possible.
I am also told:
There is a planned closure of the A465 (between Gilwern and Brynmawr some 12 miles from Merthyr) that coincides with the opening of Trago Mills. Unfortunately, these works, which are critical to the programme and have been planned prior to confirmation of the opening date, cannot be halted.
The Cabinet Secretary tells me has written to the local authority to seek assurances that potential disruption for local road users is minimised. He has also sought assurances on the level of proactive communication being undertaken by the Council to highlight these anticipated travel issues.
The correspondence I received from the Cabinet Secretary in March stated that three stage of work are being undertaken in preparing for the opening of Trago Mills. The plans summarised above reflect the ‘stage two’ work and I will update people in due course as information on stage three becomes available.
My hope is that Merthyr Tydfil has a major success with this new development and that the plans made for traffic management work out to everyone’s satisfaction.