TRACTOR BAN CALL FOR A55
Minister plans peak time bar for safety and traffic flow:
TRACTORS and other slow-moving vehicles could face an A55 peakhours ban under plans being considered by the Welsh Government.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates says he is determined to transform the key North Wales route into a road “fit for the 21st century”.
This has included a raft of “quick win” changes and major infrastructure investments to improve the A55’s resilience.
Among the final quick fix pro- posals is to ban slow-moving vehicles from the expressway during peak travel times.
This is aimed at reducing delays and congestion on the road and could also help with safety.
The legal issues are being looked at and a full consultation will be held with key stakeholders, like the farming unions, before any ban is officially brought in. Mr Skates said he wanted everyone on board with the plans. He explained: “One issue we are looking at is the restricted movements of certain vehicles if they are not able to travel at a minimum speed. “The idea, essentially, is that, at peak times, if you are driving a vehicle that can’t reach a certain speed you shouldn’t be on the A55. “I think most people who own or rent vehicles such as tractors recognise that, during peak hours, it is not a good idea to take the vehicle on the expressway.
“That is the one quick win that is yet to be implemented. We need to ensure the legal side is dealt with before this is implemented.
“In all likelihood, it would be a timed ban but I want to do that in consultation with stakeholders – a consultation with people who regularly use those vehicles – like farmers’ unions for example.
“We want everybody to be on board with what we are doing to ensure the A55 is fit for the 21st century – not that they are being excluded.”
Ken Skates plans to ban tractors from the A55 at peak times to reduce congestion