Where and Why?
Installations of fibre optic communications ducting will be undertaken on the A48 westbound at Cross Hands for up to 5km. Work is scheduled to commence on 16/11/2020 and will continue for up to 5 weeks . Planned work in the Nantycaws area has been postponed.
Single lane closures will be in place Monday to Friday at each location, to protect the workforce and the travelling public while the work is undertaken.
The Welsh Government is delivering a multi-million pound upgrade and extension scheme to its fibre optic communications network. This network provides the backbone for intelligent transport systems to manage the safe operation of the motorway and trunk road in Wales, from CCTV cameras to electronic messages, to traffic counters and emerging digital highway technologies. These systems ensure that our emergency services receive key information when it’s most needed, help to minimise congestion and to deliver safety measures whilst providing data for future road schemes.
The programme will provide resilience for our existing fibre network to help us ensure critical systems and information are always available to our teams and for the safety of road users.
Diversions and Safety Measures
The works are being carried out during day time hours to allow the work to progress effectively within seasonal environmental constraints.
Our contractors will be implementing safe methods of working to adhere to physical distancing measures. Within the constraints, we are taking every opportunity to maximise the number of workers on site and progress the work as efficiently as possible.
The A48 will remain open in both directions at all times.
While the lane closure is in place, its effect on traffic will be monitored to ensure there is no adverse impact and if necessary, to allow it to be removed as soon as it is safe to do so.
Update 26/11/2020 – following a two-week trial period with no speed restriction, a reduced 50MPH speed limit will be used for the protection of the workforce and travelling public for the continuation of the works.
Programme of traffic management restrictions
Westbound lane 1 closure starting on the A48 west of Cross Hands roundabout for approx 2km. Day time on weekdays only from 16/11/2020 for approximately 2 weeks (27/11/2020).
From 30/11/2020, westbound lane 1 closure on the A48 with 50MPH speed restriction, up to 5km from west of Cross Hands. Day time on weekdays only from 30/11/2020 for up to 3 weeks (18/12/2020).
For further information, please contact Traffic Wales on 0300 123 1213 or via Twitter @TrafficWalesS.