STEFFAN Lewis, Plaid Cymru AM for the South East, has welcomed news that Welsh Government officials will intervene to bring the roadworks on Pwll-y-Pant roundabout to an end as soon as possible.

In response to a question from Steffan Lewis in the Senedd on Tuesday, Ken Skates, the cabinet secretary for Economy and Transport, said that he "acknowledged entirely" that the roadworks have caused disruption and will ask his officials to work with officials in Caerphilly County Council to reduce the inconvenience caused.

Steffan Lewis, Plaid Cymru AM for the South East, said: “The roadworks on Pwll-y-Pant roundabout have caused absolute chaos. This is an important regional route and the works have caused huge disruption for local businesses and people just trying to go about their day-to-day lives.

“I asked the Welsh Government whether they could intervene and look at the nature of the contract between the local authority and the contractors, and whether they could consider introducing continental shifts for workers so that work could continue around the clock.

"The Welsh Government should be exploring every option to speed up the works. Local people cannot be expected to cope with 12 months of this sort of disruption."

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.

At the of the end of this month 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.