We propose to build a bypass around the northern side of Llanddewi Velfrey.
Why we are doing it
The A40 between St Clears and Haverfordwest is mainly a single carriageway.
Current issues are:
- few places for overtaking slower vehicles
- poor visibility
- many accesses opening on to the road
- summer traffic can increase by over 30%
- the road splits the community
- the A40 runs through Llanddewi Velfrey where there is a 40mph speed limit.
This means that journey times are poor. The road is dangerous for drivers as they may take bigger risks when passing slower vehicles.
We identified in the A40 West of St Clears study that there was a need for this scheme. We revisited and updated the study in 2015 to confirm that we should go ahead with this project.
The scheme consists of:
- a 2.5km bypass from Bethel Chapel to Ffynnon Wood
- 2.5km improvements west of Ffynnon Wood
- 1.4km extra overtaking eastbound
- 1km extra overtaking westbound
The bypass will rejoin the existing road at Penblewin roundabout.
The objectives are:
- to enhance network resilience and improve accessibility along the east-west transport corridor to key employment, community and tourism destinations
- to improve prosperity and provide better access to the county town of Haverfordwest, the Haven Enterprise Zone and the West Wales ports at Fishguard, Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock
- to reduce community severance and provide health and amenity benefits
- to reduce the number and severity of collisions
- to promote active travel by cycling, horse riding and walking to provide opportunities for healthy lifestyles
- to deliver a scheme that promotes social inclusion and integrates with the local transport network to better connect local communities to key transport hubs
- deliver a project that is sustainable in a globally responsible Wales, taking steps to reduce or offset waste and carbon
- give due consideration to the impact of transport on the environment and provide enhancement when practicable
We announced our preferred route in March 2010.
In the 2015 update of the study, we considered options for improvements along the A40. This included the feasibility of dualling the road.
We appointed Arcadis as an employer's agent in October 2015. They will support us to deliver the scheme.
We carried out initial ground investigation in spring 2016. We completed ecological surveys in summer 2016.
We appointed Carillion PLC, supported by Arup and RML, as design and build contractor in January 2017 and held public exhibitions in April and October 2017.
Following Carillion PLC’s liquidation we appointed Arup to finish the preliminary design. They will also take the scheme through the statutory process. A further procurement exercise will take place to appoint a new contractor to build the road.
Publication of draft orders: summer 2019
Statutory process: summer 2019
Public local inquiry: spring 2020 (for up to 3 weeks)
Procurement of contractor: spring 2020 to autumn 2020
Construction starts: spring 2021
Construction ends: end 2022
How we are consulting
We undertook a public consultation in 2006 as part of the process to develop the preferred route. We engaged with Pembrokeshire businesses during the 2015 study.
We held two public exhibitions at the Llanddewi Velfrey village hall in April and October 2017. We met with local councils, landowners and businesses and will continue to meet.
Draft orders necessary to progress the scheme were published in July 2019. Draft orders exhibitions were held in August and September 2019.
As part of the legal process a pre-inquiry meeting took place on 15 January 2020. Arup have appointed a dedicated Public Liaison Officer for the scheme.
Arup have completed the outline design and detailed environmental impact assessment. This has identified the land necessary to build the scheme. The published draft orders include details on the area of land required.
Due to objections received to the draft orders, we are holding a public local inquiry. An independent planning inspector will conduct the inquiry. The inquiry will begin on 10 March 2020 at Llanddewi Velfrey village hall. After the inquiry, the inspector will produce a report on his recommendations. The Minister will then consider the findings and decide whether to make the orders. This will enable us to use the powers necessary to build the road.
Find out more
If you have any concerns or queries you can contact Martin Gallimore, Arup’s Public Liaison Officer, directly on 07923 887119 or alternatively email: A40enquiries@arup.com