Improving a key stretch of road for economic and social gain

Works have started on creating a dual carriageway on a stretch of the A 465 Heads of the Valley road. The work is part of a wider scheme to improve the road, ease congestion and tackle accident hotspots.

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The project is replacing the current three lane road with a 7.8 km dual carriageway between Brynmawr and Tredegar. In addition, 3 km is being constructed for cyclists. Once completed, dualling the road helps improve safety, shortens travel times for commuters and businesses and contributes to the wider regeneration of the region. It also improves links to education, health centres and jobs.

Improving visibility and safety

Despite its strategic importance, the current stretch of road has been described as “outdated and inadequate”, which has lead to poor visibility and accident black spots. The project addresses these issues by replacing the current three lane road with a full dual carriageway complete with hard strips, verges and a central reserve.

Key transport link

The A 465 is part of the Trans-European Transport Network, the so-called TEN-T programme. The route connects various cities within Wales and is the principal road link between South and West Wales and the English Midlands. The road also serves as a gateway to key ports in both England the Republic of Ireland. Crucially, the A 465 is used by many heavy goods vehicles, reflecting its importance as a key trade route in the European Union. Its upgrade is thus of vital importance.

The value for time savings, which in transport economics can be defined as the amount of money that a traveller would be willing to pay in order to save time, is estimated at EUR 177.7 million in 2002 market prices. The implementation of the project is expected to create 43 jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “A 465 Heads of the Valleys dualling project (section 3)” is EUR 195 291 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 106 291 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Developing Strategic Infrastructure for a Modern Economy” of the Operational Programme “West Wales and the Valleys”.

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