A40/Ross - Abergavenny
|From:||Ross on Wye (SO606255)|
|Meets:||A449, B4234, A49, B4260, A4137, B4164, A466, B4293, A465, B4598, A4042, B4233, B4521|
|Former Number(s):||A48, B4234, A471|
|Old route now:||B4260, A49, B4521|
Highways England • South Wales Trunk Road Agent
Herefordshire • Monmouthshire
|Route outline (key)|
The A40 today avoids the centre of Ross on Wye, passing to the east and north of the town. At the point where the bypass makes its turn from north- to southwestbound it meets the Stafford to Ross section of the A449, which here has the additional role of carrying traffic to and from the western terminus of the M50, lying just 750 m away. The A449 will be subsumed by the A40 for the next 28 km through Monmouth to the point, just east of Raglan, where it springs back into life and continues its own, separate way to Newport.
This dual-carriageway section of the A40 is essentially an almost-motorway-standard extension of the M50, following the Wye Valley (although the river itself is not often to be seen, particularly in the section close to Symonds Yat where the road cuts through the hills, avoiding the Wye bends) before crossing into Wales just short of Monmouth. At Monmouth a headland separating the rivers Monnow and Trothy is pierced by a short tunnel and near Raglan, as noted earlier, the A40 and A449 part company, with the A40 striking west towards Abergavenny to meet the Heads of the Valleys Road (A465).
As originally conceived, the A40 took a shorter (as the crow flies, but in practice much twistier) route from Ross to Abergavenny, following the present A49 through Peterstow to Old Pike, then what is now the B4521 to Abergavenny.