Monmouthshire County Council is to consult the public over its plans to build a walking and cycling footbridge over the River Usk at Llanfoist. Public consultation events will be held in Llanfoist Village Hall from 10am to 7pm on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September.
The council aims to develop a safer walking and cycling route from Llanfoist to Abergavenny’s town centre and the proposed crossing will provide a welcome alternative to using the Grade II-listed stone arched bridge spanning the Usk and carrying the busy A4143.
The new footbridge is proposed to be constructed 300 metres east of the existing road bridge and will be linked to current routes by the construction of a new path along the river towards to The Bridge public house. Two options – a stress ribbon bridge and a box girder bridge – are considered as most suitable for the 55 metre span over the river. The structural design has been influenced by the risk of flooding, visual impact, access for disabled people and cost. Building is likely to take place within the next two years.
Councillor Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for operations said: “This scheme will improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists traveling between Llanfoist and Abergavenny. We urge residents, stakeholders and interested parties to attend the consultation events and provide us with valuable feedback.”