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Rockfall continues to affect the A40 in Monmouthshire

Road works (Adobe Stock)

National Highways have issued an update on the rockfall which continues to affect the A40.

Following the incident, emergency traffic management was put in place to allow authorities to reopen the A40 as quickly as possible.

In response to feedback, and in consultation with local highways authorities and travel partners, National Highways have said that they will move the current lane closure further up the road, north of Dixton roundabout at the Welsh border. This change will help to ease tailbacks and congestion at the roundabout.

The traffic management change will take place overnight on Thursday, March 28. The 40mph speed limit will remain in place through the roadworks as will the temporary concrete barrier, which stops debris falling into the path of traffic.

In tandem with progressing work to adjust the traffic management, engineering specialists have been analysing the damage caused by the rockfall and the stability of the hillside to identify options for carrying out repairs.

National Highways are working with relevant authorities to agree the best methods of managing traffic during the debris clearance and repair work, and the best times to carry this out.

They will continue to make every effort to reduce the impact of the rockfall on the local community and travelling public, and say they appreciate the continued patience of the public while delivering the essential safety work.