"Big push" to open Newtown Bypass after charity run success

Good progress on the Newtown Bypass should mean that there is a “big push” to open the Newtown Bypass by the end of the year, according to Assembly Member, Russell George.


The Montgomeryshire AM, who took part in the Newtown Bypass 5k amateur run on Sunday, has said the opening date could be brought forward, after significant progress has been made by Alun Griffiths Contractors.


Sundays event included an elite 5k run at 9.30am followed by an amateur run at 11.30am. In the afternoon, a fun walk for families, children included, took place.


Following the Charity Run and Walk, which took place on a completed section of the bypass between the contractors’ depot on the Dolfor Road and the Llanidloes Roundabout, Mr George said:


“I was pleased to take part in the charity 5k run last weekend and was pleased to have completed the run in 40 minutes especially as I had done no training. I am feeling the aches and pains, but it was all worth it." 


Money raised from entry fees went to the Wales Air Ambulance and Cancer Research UK but people where also able to raise money for their own chosen charities.


Mr George added:


“Alun Griffiths Contractors did a great job, with support from other local organisations such as the Rotary club and the Rapid Relief Team. The event on Sunday was very well organised.


“However, there was great demand for the tickets for the walk and I have asked the Welsh Government to consider allowing a further walk to take place on the full bypass route before it opens, without limits on the numbers of walkers or attendees.


"I have been impressed with the progress made and it is certainly taking shape. With the warm dry weather over the Summer it has allowed the contractors to progress earthworks ahead of schedule. Now the weather has cooled down, landscaping and planting is taking place to allow new plants to establish.


"While completion is planned for the early part of next year, I would like to see a big push to open it early and before the end of the year. I believe this is now possible."