Anyone Thinking Of Traveling To Mid Wales This Summer ??

Pete/48

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Hope this may be of some help to any of you planning a journey into Mid Wales in the future,
In the past if traveling from the midlands, or from the north via Shrewsbury and heading into Central Wales, your planned route would almost certainly take you through the town of NEWTOWN , And up until now if you went that way you had to put up with long delays no matter what time of year it may be, In mid summer it could take up to a full hour to negotiate the (3) miles or so of the bottle necked NEWTOWN, This was no matter which way your where traveling, either going into Wales or coming out,
In fact I always considered it to be one of the worst bottle necks anywhere in or around the Central Wales area,-----

BUT 'HEY PRESTO' A NEW BY-PASS OPENS ON FEBRUARY 14th 2019,
So for any of you planning to pass through this way from now on, have no fears, you should be able to whistle through in a matter of a few minutes, no more need to find detour's using the small country lanes around the town, or going along the many back roads through the housing estates trying to by-pass the congestion,

 

Revvin Kevin

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That's brilliant, I visit Wales 3 or 4 times a year and will be over for the Welsh Rally in May. The A483 is one of my favourite routes so will allow more time to enjoy the roads nearby.
 

PAD

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It doesn’t look to have affected the A483 overmuch.:nusenuse: Why would the traffic increase, Mac - the road beyond Newtown hasn’t been touched as far as I’m aware and it’s a relatively quiet one? I’ve always thought that was just because not too many folks have a reason to go that way, rather than due to hold ups. I did get caught in a minor traffic jam in Newtown once... Maybe that qualifies as a major congestion problem in Powys! One that required a spend of I dread to think how many millions? The mad bastards.
 

Pete/48

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It doesn’t look to have affected the A483 overmuch.:nusenuse: Why would the traffic increase, Mac - the road beyond Newtown hasn’t been touched as far as I’m aware and it’s a relatively quiet one? I’ve always thought that was just because not too many folks have a reason to go that way, rather than due to hold ups. I did get caught in a minor traffic jam in Newtown once... Maybe that qualifies as a major congestion problem in Powys! One that required a spend of I dread to think how many millions? The mad bastards.
Well this is where we differ my old mate ,--- Many times in the past whilst collecting materials in my van from Newtown during normal working hours, I have had to endure many hrs sat in traffic :nono: , Worst time was 5-6 yrs ago when one afternoon I failed to get the materials I wanted in Shrewsbury :nusenuse: I rang around then located what I wanted in Newtown, So off I went to collect, then after arriving on the outskirts of the town from the Shrewsbuy end with what I thought was plenty of time to get the (4) miles or so to go to my intended destination on the opposite end of town on the Mochdre industrial Estate, I yet again got stuck in traffic, this time for best part of a 1hr or so,-- I finally arrived at my destination 10mins after they had bloody closed, :shakehead: Meaning I had to make a return journey of 40 or so miles the next morning,:qpasaneng2:

Have never liked having to drive around the place when time is of a premium (that is in van or car) and even more so since that experience,
Three cheers for the new by-pass I say :beer-toast1:,
 
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PAD

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£53 million in March 2016 became £80 million by October 2018. I wonder will the residents and businesses of Newtown be cheering in the long term as it becomes clear that any ‘investment’ wasn’t in the town but away from it? I hope not.
 

Pete/48

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I don't really think Newtown is in any desperate need for any large investment within the town itself, It's a great town with all you could wish for, And I'm sure that now it will get many more people visiting and shopping, thus boosting it's economy, as that is what has been lacking in the past, because many people from surrounding area's used to avoid it like the plaque, due to it's constant traffic problems, and instead visited the neighboring towns of Welshpool, and Llanidloes, I'm pretty sure that it's these two neighboring towns that will now feel the pinch, whilst Newtown itself prospers with the extra people from the local area that will now use it's shops etc,
When all said and done, in the past most of the traffic that was causing the problems was just passing traffic on their way to or from the coast, You could see this once you got into the main town area, as once inside it was much the same as any other town, yet the passing road could be gridlocked with traffic,
 

Pete/48

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Indeed, that Is very true Paul,
The only thing I can be certain of is that it will make my life a hell of a lot easier when traveling that way,
As for the rest, well as you say, time will tell ;)
 

PAD

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Fair enough, but on your way back north it would be a shame not to get to grips with the A483 from Llandovery to Newtown - it’s definitely the better direction to ride it in, imho. It’s a hoot!
 
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