Newgale – New Route?

Climate change and the A487

Storm damaged trees Brandybrook valley, Pembrokeshire
Storm damaged trees Brandybrook valley, inland from Newgale.

It’s not often that very strong winds and gales in St Brides Bay penetrate far into the Brandybrook valley, but the storms in late January 2014 were something different and we lost about a dozen trees on our patch at Roch Mill. As all locals know, with any serious storm there’s a fair chance that the A487 road will be closed across Newgale beach. So, with gales forecast, we were expecting a bit of extra traffic on our minor road at Roch Bridge. This C-class road doubles as the emergency “by-pass”, all 7km of it. The narrow twisty lanes are not well suited to heavy A-road traffic but once in a while, it’s liveable with. Mind you, I’m not so sure the hundreds of delayed travellers would agree.

Our first realisation that this had happened in a big way was when a bus started backing onto our driveway, along with a couple of other vehicles!

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