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Latest section of Heads of Valleys Road opens

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It is one of South Wales' busiest routes but is also known for its accident blackspots.

A project to upgrade the Heads of the Valleys Road (A465) was given the green light on 1999.

Today the latest stage of the £800million dualling scheme will be officially opened

The Welsh Government says section three of the A465 dualling scheme, Brynmawr to Tredegar, costing £158million, will improve safety and journey times, as well as boost the economy of the region.

It says the 7.8km section of road, joint funded by itself and the EU, has been upgraded from a three lane road to a dual carriageway to alleviate the current issues of poor visibility, congestion, lack of overtaking opportunities and accident hotspots.

The Welsh Government recognises that improving our transport infrastructure is critical to improving Wales’ economic competiveness. The Heads of the Valleys route is vital to our ambitions for the regeneration of the region by reducing journey times and improving access to jobs and services. The A465 is a crucial artery of our transport network and the principal road link between West Wales and the Midlands. The dualling will also improve safety for all road users.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister


Fiance: 'Everything I love has just gone in a few moments.'

20-year-old Sophie Williams and her unborn baby died last night, as she travelled home from a Valentines meal with her fiance, 28-year-old Ben Morgan.

She was due to give birth in just two weeks time.

I can't take it in - we were so happy and looking forward to our baby arriving in a couple of weeks. Everything I love has just gone in a few moments.

We had been out for a meal - we didn't have far to travel home.

The impact was all on Sophie's side - she took the full blow.

I am still unable to take in what's happened. This time yesterday, we were laughing and excited about our baby coming soon.

– Ben Morgan, Sophie's fiance

Ben has returned to the scene of the accident to lay flowers for Sophie and his unborn baby girl.

He's due to be interviewed by police about the tragedy.

Her family in Tredegar, Gwent, were too upset to talk of the tragedy yesterday.

Mum-to-be who died in Heads of Valleys crash named locally as 20-year-old Sophie Williams

Floral tributes have been left on the roadside Credit: Wales News

A mum-to-be who was killed in a car crash on the Heads of the Valleys Road yesterday, has been named locally as 20-year-old Sophie Williams from Tredegar.

She was due to have her baby in just two weeks time.

Miss Williams died along with her unborn baby girl as she and her fiance Ben Morgan drove home from a Valentine's meal.

The couple were planning to get married after the baby was born.

They'd been told they were expecting a little girl, and had chosen the name Kayleigh.

The crash happened at 11pm on Friday night during a severe storm at an accident blackspot where roadworks were going on, ironically to turn the road into a dual carriageway, after a high number of fatalities.

Firemen and paramedics freed Sophie from the wreckage and she was taken to Neville Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, but police said doctors were unable to save her and her unborn baby.

Ben and Sophie were in their silver Peugeot 307 when it was in a collision with a blue Peugeot 207 coming the other way.The driver of the other car, a man from Basingstoke, Hampshire, was uninjured but treated for shock.Gwent Police are appealing for anyone who saw the accident to come forward.

Ben is due to be interviewed by police about the tragedy.

Pregnant woman dies following car crash

The stretch of the heads of the valleys road where the crash happened Credit: ITV Wales

A pregnant woman has died following a crash on the A465 heads of the valleys road. The 20-year-old from the Tredegar area was a passenger. The crash happened last night around 11pm between Brynmawr and Garnlydan. Two cars were involved.

The mother-to-be was taken to Nevill Hall hospital in a critical condition but later died. The male driver of the car she was in was uninjured. Another female passenger suffered minor injuries to her headand legs. The male driver of the other car involved also escaped uninjured.

The family of the deceased are now being supported by Gwent police who are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them on 101.


Dual carriageway plan for A465

Motorists across the South Wales Valleys and beyond are to benefit from more than £80m of European money. It's due to be spent on dualling several miles of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Brynmawr and Tredegar.

There will also be other improvements along the route which is one of the busiest on the Welsh main road network. David Wood reports.

Ministers: Heads of Valleys road vital for Welsh economy 'to compete'

Wales' Transport Minister, Carl Sargeant, told us the Heads of the Valleys road is vital for people to access jobs, and for the economy to function properly.

The Deputy Minister for European Programmes, Alun Davies, said it is 'fundamental' infrastructure, which 'enables us to compete on the Welsh, UK, European and world stage.'

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