‘PEO­PLE OF NORTH WALES ARE BE­ING TAKEN FOR A RIDE’

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THE re­moval of two round­abouts from the A55 has gone out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, but the Welsh Govern­ment has been slammed over “con­tin­ual de­lays” to the project.

The pro­posal is to re­move the two round­abouts at junc­tions 15 and 16, in Llan­fair­fechan and Pen­maen­mawr, and re­place them with sep­a­rated junc­tions. The con­sul­ta­tion will run un­til Fri­day, Au­gust 24.

Work on the £34m scheme was ini­tially sup­posed to start in 2017 and be com­pleted by next year, but it was put back to avoid clash­ing with a flood al­le­vi­a­tion project on the stretch of the A55 be­tween Ban­gor and Aberg­wyn­gr­egyn.

Welsh Govern­ment econ­omy and trans­port sec­re­tary Ken Skates said: “The A55 Junc­tion 15-16 im­prove­ment scheme is a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment in North Wales and a prime ex­am­ple of the ac­tion we are tak­ing to in­vest in and im­prove our trans­port in­fra­struc­ture.

“The A55 is a key strate­gic route link­ing Wales with Ireland, Eng­land and the rest of Europe and this scheme will de­liver many ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing bet­ter traf­fic flows and jour­ney time re­li­a­bil­ity, as well as im­prov­ing safety.

“Peo­ple’s views on the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered will form a vi­tal part of the de­ci­sion process and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one with an in­ter­est to con­trib- ute to this con­sul­ta­tion.”

But North Wales Tory AM Mark Ish­er­wood has hit out at the time it is tak­ing to get the work started.

He said: “Once again, the peo­ple of North Wales are be­ing taken for a ride as the Welsh Labour Govern­ment re­hashes yet an­other an­nounce­ment.

“Progress on this part of the A55 was promised back in 2015, with con­struc­tion set to start in 2017, yet, some three years later we are still talk­ing about con­sul­ta­tions.

“We’ve seen lit­tle ac­tion to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture in North Wales, with projects con­tin­u­ally de­layed and con­tro­ver­sial routes for other schemes in Ewloe and Caernar­fon on also con- tin­u­ally d i s - cussed, but al­ter­na­tive routes not con­structed.”

Pub­lic c con­sul­ta­tion on ex­hi­bi­tions s are be­ing held eld for peo­ple to see the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered in de­tail and the timescales in­volved. d These h will ll take k place l at Pen­maen­mawr Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on June 13 and Llanfair- fech fechan Com­mu­nity Cent Cen­tre on to­mor­row, June 14. 14 All take place be­tween 10am and 8pm. The h ex­hi­bi­tions h are free to at­tend and ev­ery­one is wel­come.

Ken Skates, far left, says plans to re­move round­abouts will bring bet­ter traf­fic flows and im­prove safety, but Mark Ish­er­wood, left, has slammed the lack of progress so far. Above: the round­about at Pen­maen­mawr fol­low­ing a crash

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