£80m bid to cut queues on area’s congested roads
INVESTMENT CAN HELP DRIVE FORWARD THE ECONOMY
AN £80 MILLION transport scheme will target heavy traffic at peak times on the most congested roads in North Wales.
As part of the North Wales Growth Bid, the programme aims to improve connectivity, reduce carbon footprint and complement Welsh Government investment in the region’s road and rail networks.
A series of projects would be introduced from 2019-2024, cre- ating up to 2,000 indirect or construction jobs.
The proposals centre around developing ‘Integrated Travel Zones’ along the Deeside Corridor; the A483 and Wrexham Town Centre; Prestatyn, Abergele, St Asaph, Llandudno, Conwy and Colwyn Bay; Caernarfon-Menai Corridor, and north Anglesey.
Alongside these, some regionwide projects would also be developed.
It is seen as key to driving forward the economy by allowing the region’s businesses to access staff and also move goods more rapidly.
They include more frequent and reliable bus services, Plus-Bike schemes at railway stations and park-and-share and parkand-ride sites in strategic locations off the A55 and in rural areas, all as part of an integrated transport network.
It is all part of an overall move – led by North Wales Economic Ambition Board and the Welsh Government – to decarbonise transport networks, strengthen bus and rail links and deliver a sustainable transport infrastructure that reduces environmental impacts.
Flintshire council leader Aaron Shotton, chairman of the Growth Bid, said: “This project will deliver a number of Integrated Transport Zones across North Wales in areas where better public transport, interchanges between car, bus and rail, improved walking and cycling facilities will all contribute to reducing main road congestion, which in turn improves access to employment and services.”
● An £80m scheme has been unveiled to help tackle road congestion in North Wales