Re­vealed: Master­plan to trans­form our road net­work

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THERE will be no rou­tine day­time work in­volv­ing lane clo­sures on the A55 be­tween Ban­gor and the English bor­der un­til at least Septem­ber 2018.

Econ­omy and Trans­port Sec­re­tary Ken Skates said sig­nif­i­cant Welsh Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment over re­cent years means no such planned clo­sures will be re­quired.

This ex­tends the pledge which has seen no works on that sec­tion of the route dur­ing the day since early April. Emer­gency work will con­tinue to take place when­ever and wher­ever nec­es­sary.

Mr Skates said: “I know only too well how im­por­tant a fully func­tion­ing A55 is to com­mu­ni­ties across North Wales and my com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing im­prove­ments to this vi­tal eco­nomic artery is un­wa­ver­ing.

“This year has seen the cul­mi­na­tion of four years of im­per­a­tive work to bring the A55’s tun­nels up to mod­ern stan­dards, along­side re­cent road sur­face im­prove­ments, flood al­le­vi­a­tion work, ur­gent main­te­nance work and more.

“With the pro­posed Dee­side cor­ri­dor, third Me­nai Cross­ing, Caernar­fon to Bont­newydd by­pass, A55 round­abouts at J15 (Llan­fair­fechan) and J16 (Pen­maen­mawr) and A55 J13 (Aberg­wyn­gr­egyn) to J12 (Tal y Bont) schemes all at var­i­ous stages of planning or de­liv­ery, this Gov­ern­ment term will likely see the big­gest in­vest­ment in roads in North Wales for decades, maybe ever. That’s some­thing I’m ex­tremely proud of.”

He added: “Whilst the na­ture of projects both past and fu­ture means day­time work is un­avoid­able at times, I’ve been very clear of my wish to min­imise day­time work where ever pos­si­ble.

“I’m de­lighted, there­fore, to con­firm that im­prove­ment works planned un­til next Septem­ber will see no day­time lane clo­sures at all on this stretch. All such planned work will be com­pleted overnight or un­der nar­row dual lanes.

“The de­ci­sion brings with it ob­vi­ous costs and chal­lenges, and I’d like to put on record my thanks to the many con­trac­tors, shift work­ers and agents who will con­tinue to work long, unso­cia­ble hours in all con­di­tions so that dis­rup­tions to road users can be kept to a min­i­mum.” A THIRD lane on key stretches of the A55, a sec­ond Pen­maen­bach tun­nel, nel, av­er­age speed en­force­ment and a new di­ver­sion route are on a list of f fu­ture op­tions to trans­form the road net­work of North Wales.

The Welsh Gov­ern­ment is al­ready planning ma­jor schemes in the com­ing years such as the Dee­side cor­ri­dor, third Me­nai Cross­ing and round­about re­moval at Llan­fair­fechan and Pen­maen­n­mawr.

But in April Econ­omy and In­fra- nfra- struc­ture Sec­re­tary Ken Skates com­mis­sioned a ma­jor re­port re to iden­tify other pos­si­ble im­prove­ments im­prov to fur­ther en­hance the r re­silience of the A55 and other vi­tal vita routes. The Net­work Re­silience WELTAG Stage One re­port – com­piled by con­sul­tants WSP – has now been re­leased. It lists sev­eral “quick wins” to im im­prove roads in the short te term, and a num­ber of medium an and long-term op­tions that cou could sig­nif­i­cantly change the ex­ist ex­ist­ing high­ways. Mr Skates (left) said: “The study has considered all as­pects of the road from Holy­head to Post House, as­so­ci­ated routes such as the A494 cor­ri­dor from the Ewloe In­ter­change to Drome Corner and di­ver­sion routes.

“As a re­sult, we will be im­ple­ment­ing a num­ber of in­ter­ven­tions we can put in place quickly to im­prove the travel ex­pe­ri­ence whilst con­sid­er­ing other po­ten­tial im­prove­ments for the fu­ture.

“These ‘quick win’ mea­sures will com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing plans along this key strate­gic route and help min­imise the fre­quency and im­pact of in­ci­dents and break­downs.”

He added: “I hope today’s an­nounce­ments will mean com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses in

There’ll be none of this be­tween Ban­gor and the English bor­der un­less there’s an emer­gency

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