A ROAD in Caldicot has been closed in an attempt to create a more pleasant environment, Monmouthshire County Council has said.

The closure, a section of Newport Road as it meets Jubilee Way, is temporary, according to the council, and is a three-week trial as part of design work and consultation on the Newport Road west active travel/placemaking project.

The project is intended to create a more pleasant environment along Newport Road and in particular introduce better provision for pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the impact of traffic.

"Initial design work suggests that the project would have greatest impact if the road were to close to through traffic," said a council spokesman.

"The trial is to allow Monmouthshire County Council to test what impact that would have on businesses in the town centre and in terms of displaced traffic on nearby streets."


Emergency vehicles are still permitted to pass through the road closure throughout the trial period, but all other traffic is prohibited.

Monmouthshire County Council is also conducting community consultation through the trial period.

Information about the proposals is on display in Newport Road, and there will be community drop-in sessions on Newport Road (at the entrance to King George V playing fields) on Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23.

Alternatively, the proposals can be viewed online, and residents can provide their feedback via a survey which will be available online or locally in hard copy.

The council are also offering free sports/play sessions for two-11 year olds in the closed area of the road and on the playing fields on the Saturdays through the trial period (16/23/30 October), and on October 25, 27 and 29 during half term.

These all run from 10am until midday. On Saturday, October 30, there will also be free cycle safety activities, also from 10am until midday.