Re­vealed: What third cross­ing over Strait could look like

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

THESE are the first glimpses of how a third cross­ing over the Me­nai Strait could look.

Four op­tions were pro­posed last month for a new bridge link­ing An­gle­sey with the main­land, with a pre­ferred route ex­pected to be an­nounced in the sum­mer.

A con­sul­ta­tion is con­sid­er­ing op­tions for dif­fer­ent bridges, in­clud­ing ex­tra­dos bridges, ca­blestayed bridges and bal­anced canti- lever bridges. The fi­nal de­ci­sion will be made after con­sid­er­ing fac- tors in­clud­ing its ini­tial and on­go­ing main­te­nance costs.

The £3m de­sign and de­vel­op­ment stage is part of a two-year bud­get agreed by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and Plaid Cymru, and the new bridge, ex­pected to cost around £200m to build, could be in place by 2022, ac­cord­ing to the First Min­is­ter.

Multi­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing firm, AECOM, has al­ready been awarded a con­tract to de­liver de­sign ser­vices.

At present, the Bri­tan­nia Bridge is the only sec­tion of the A55 that is not a dual car­riage­way and can be a sig­nif­i­cant traf­fic bot­tle­neck – mo­torists rou­tinely en­counter de­lays of up to 15 min­utes dur­ing peak times.

Econ­omy and Trans­port Sec­re­tary Ken Skates said: “The third Me­nai cross­ing is an im­per­a­tive part of our plans to im­prove ca­pac­ity, reli­a­bil­ity and jour­ney times as well as strengthen the net­work’s re­silience.

“We are aim­ing to start con­struc­tion by the end of 2020.”

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