A busy main road through the centre of Newtown that has been closed for eight weeks is expected to reopen next month.

The section of New Road has been shut off to traffic for safety reasons after the roof of the derelict Bethel Chapel collapsed on September 27.

From the end of next week it is expected that the A4811 road will be reduced by one lane and pedestrians will not be able to use the footpath nearest to the chapel. Concrete barriers and bollards will also be anchored to the ground in front of the building.


A Powys County Council spokeswoman said: "We are working towards reopening New Road in Newtown to traffic by the end of next week.

"To ensure the safety of all road users we will be required to reduce the road by one lane and prevent pedestrians from using the footway nearest the chapel.

"To manage the traffic we have had to source and order some concrete barriers and specific bollards which can be anchored to the ground.

"Once these are in place, and we are satisfied the road can reopen safely, we will remove the temporary road closure and reopen the road in both directions.

"It is anticipated that this necessary traffic management will be in place by the end of next week."