£80m bid to cut queues on area’s congested roads

IN­VEST­MENT CAN HELP DRIVE FOR­WARD THE ECON­OMY

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS - Owen Hughes

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

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