A465 clo­sure times al­tered af­ter hospi­tal ac­cess is­sues

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

THE clo­sure of a road con­nect­ing the Cynon Valley and Merthyr Tyd­fil will be re­stricted af­ter it was found to be af­fect­ing peo­ple vis­it­ing fam­ily mem­bers in hospi­tal.

The A465, which con­nects Hir­waun and Cefn Coed, has been un­der­go­ing night-time clo­sures in a bid to widen the road.

But Cynon Valley AM Vikki How­ells said the clo­sures have been af­fect­ing her con­stituents’ abil­ity to get around and visit fam­ily mem­bers and friends at the Prince Charles Hospi­tal in par­tic­u­lar.

She re­cently asked Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Ken Skates to re­strict the clos­ing hours from 9pm-6am, and Mr Skates said it would be lim­ited to those times “as much as pos­si­ble”.

Ms How­ells said: “Night-time clo­sures have an im­por­tant role to play in mak­ing sure our roads are safe and in good con­di­tion, in safe­guard­ing the work­force car­ry­ing out main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties and in pre­vent­ing too much dis­rup­tion to road­users.

“How­ever, clo­sures must be sched­uled so that they do not cause too much in­con­ve­nience to the peo­ple who would nor­mally use the road.

“This was the case for those Cynon Valley res­i­dents who con­tacted me to say that the clo­sure times were caus­ing them prob­lems, such as mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to visit peo­ple who were hav­ing to stay in hospi­tal.

“I am glad that af­ter my in­ter­ven­tion the Welsh Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to amend the hours for its night-time clo­sures.”

The works are in­tended to widen 8km of the A465. They ini­tially be­gan in De­cem­ber 2014, and are sched­uled to con­tinue un­til late next year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.