CAERPHILLY council is aiming to alleviate traffic "chaos" being caused by roadworks at a major roundabout.

The council has announced that as a result of feedback from motorists and businesses, work is now being carried out with the aim of opening two lanes from November 30.

It is hoped that the change will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow at the Pwll y Pant roundabout over Christmas period.

There have been many complaints about the roundabout works - with some drivers saying it is taking them an extra two hours to travel to work. Nearby businesses have also shared their frustrations, saying that the works have cost them financially due to deliveries being missed or not enough customers coming in to their establishments.

As of the end of November two lanes will be available on the A469 Llanbradach bypass, meaning that traffic will not be required to merge into one lane when travelling southbound on the bypass.

The council say that two lanes being open will help improve traffic flow. The works will return to a single lane after Christmas.

Cllr Sean Morgan, deputy leader of the council said: “We are aware of the significant impact that these works are having on the community and we have listened to the feedback from motorists and local businesses.

“We also recognise the importance of this critical pre-Christmas period for the local economy and we want to support businesses by encouraging shoppers into Caerphilly town centre."

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Proposals are also being put to the council’s cabinet to introduce free parking in the town’s pay and display car parks in December, subject to approval later this month.

Cllr Morgan continued: "Our message is that Caerphilly is open for business and we would encourage everyone to support local traders.

“I very much understand the inconvenience that is being caused by these essential improvement works, but we are confident that the changes will bring noticeable improvements.

“I’m sure that these, together with the free parking proposals, will be welcomed by the whole community.”

The council and the main contractor, Walters UK Ltd, are continually monitoring the progress of the scheme and post-Christmas the traffic management arrangements will revert back to as they are now (single lanes) for a period of time.

The latest information and updates can be found on the Pwll-y-Pant pages.

These pages can be found by visiting www.caerphilly.gov.uk