Road plan to serve new nu­clear plant

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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.

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