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Newtown bypass, expected to half town centre traffic, officially opens

The bypass to the south of Newtown is approximately 6.3km long. Credit: Bing Maps

The Newtown bypass officially opens today, marking what campaigners call a "momentous occasion".

The 6.3km long route is expected to ease traffic congestion through the town centre by 40-50% according to the Welsh government. Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates AM said the development will provide a "real step change" for people in the area.

I am delighted to officially open what is a significant development in Mid Wales. The Newtown Bypass has been delivered ahead of schedule and completed to the very highest standard. The scheme improves north-south and east-west links and will provide a real step change in how people travel in the area as well as to and beyond Newtown.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Transport Minister
It's hoped the bypass will ease congestion on the A483 and A489. Credit: Google maps

Construction of the bypass began in February 2016 and is opening ahead of schedule.

£46.8 million has been spent during the construction phase, with a further £10.7 million spent on employing people involved in the project.

The route proposed by contractors in 2015. Credit: Alan Griffiths Contractors

Montgomeryshire AM Russell George said the opening of the bypass was a "momentous occasion" for mid Wales. The Shadow Minister for Economy and Transport was involved in initial calls for the new route.

The opening of the Newtown Bypass on 14th February will be a momentous occasion, and the many people who have played a part in bringing about the bypass should be thanked. The Bypass is now a reality but it’s been over 70 years since the Newtown bypass was first mooted.

– Russell George AM

In March 2011, over 30 people handed in a 10,000 strong petition to the National Assembly for Wales which called for a Newtown Bypass.

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