Road plan to serve new nuclear plant
THE firm behind a planned multi-billionpound nuclear plant is awaiting a decision on plans for significant improvements to a 12-mile stretch of road linking the development with the A55 expressway.
Members of Anglesey council’s planning committee will make a site visit this month before discussing the proposals that include widening the A5025 between Valley and Llanynghenedl, Llanfachraeth and Llanrhuddlad, and Cefn Coch to the proposed Wylfa Newydd power plant site.
According to developers Horizon, the work could begin as early as this autumn if planning permission is granted by the council.
As a result, sections of the road, including some of the sharp bends, will be widened to allow safer movement of vehicles, particularly HGVs. A new surface will also be put in place to improve its quality and extend its lifespan.
In addition, a temporary construction compound will also be installed to handle the materials removed from the existing road and recycle them to construct the new road. Up to 95% of material would be reused, reducing the need to bring in and dispose of materials, with a site being proposed alongside the A5025 near Cefn Coch for this purpose.
Seperate plans for new sections of road to bypass villages along the existing A5025, namely Valley, Llanfachraeth and Cefn Coch, are not part of the application. That will be dealt with as part of the main Development Consent Order application to build the Power Station, which has now been submitted (see full story on page 5).
In its application, submitted to the planning department, Horizon noted: “These improvements seek to address physical and operational constraints on the stretch of the A5025 between Valley and the proposed Power Station Access Road Junction, south of Tregele. The improvements are required in order to mitigate the predicted impacts of increased traffic associated with the construction and operation of the proposed Wylfa Newydd.
“Construction of the power station would require very substantial transport needs for materials, large components and staff.
“Studies undertaken by Horizon in 2010-2011 identified that the stretch of the A5025 between Valley and the proposed Power Station Access Road Junction has physical and operational constraints in relation to its width, alignment, overtaking opportunities and surfacing condition.
“Without improvement, increases in traffic could result in further road deterioration, increased delays for road users, potentially increased accident risk and nuisance for local communities along the route.”
The application could be presented to Anglesey council’s planning committee as early as July.