Min­is­ter plans peak time bar for safety and traf­fic flow:

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TRAC­TORS and other slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cles could face an A55 peakhours ban un­der plans be­ing con­sid­ered by the Welsh Govern­ment.

Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Ken Skates says he is de­ter­mined to trans­form the key North Wales route into a road “fit for the 21st cen­tury”.

This has in­cluded a raft of “quick win” changes and ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments to im­prove the A55’s re­silience.

Among the fi­nal quick fix pro- pos­als is to ban slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cles from the ex­press­way dur­ing peak travel times.

This is aimed at re­duc­ing de­lays and con­ges­tion on the road and could also help with safety.

The le­gal is­sues are be­ing looked at and a full con­sul­ta­tion will be held with key stake­hold­ers, like the farm­ing unions, be­fore any ban is of­fi­cially brought in. Mr Skates said he wanted ev­ery­one on board with the plans. He ex­plained: “One is­sue we are look­ing at is the re­stricted move­ments of cer­tain ve­hi­cles if they are not able to travel at a min­i­mum speed. “The idea, es­sen­tially, is that, at peak times, if you are driv­ing a ve­hi­cle that can’t reach a cer­tain speed you shouldn’t be on the A55. “I think most peo­ple who own or rent ve­hi­cles such as trac­tors recog­nise that, dur­ing peak hours, it is not a good idea to take the ve­hi­cle on the ex­press­way.

“That is the one quick win that is yet to be im­ple­mented. We need to en­sure the le­gal side is dealt with be­fore this is im­ple­mented.

“In all like­li­hood, it would be a timed ban but I want to do that in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers – a con­sul­ta­tion with peo­ple who reg­u­larly use those ve­hi­cles – like farm­ers’ unions for ex­am­ple.

“We want ev­ery­body to be on board with what we are do­ing to en­sure the A55 is fit for the 21st cen­tury – not that they are be­ing ex­cluded.”

Ken Skates plans to ban trac­tors from the A55 at peak times to re­duce con­ges­tion

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