‘We won’t give up un­til work starts on by­pass’

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

VIL­LAGERS sick of a heav­ily con­gested road have vowed to keep on protest­ing un­til work starts on a long-awaited by­pass.

More than 50 peo­ple lined the A487 at Bont­newydd, near Caernar­fon yes­ter­day morn­ing to ex­press their anger about the de­lay to build­ing the six-mile long re­lief road which was due to be com­pleted this year.

They lined the road wav­ing placards and called for Trans­port Min­is­ter Ken Skates AM to take ac­tion to en­sure work on the £90m road – which is now two years be­hind sched­ule – fi­nally gets started.

The by­pass is ex­pected to bring re­lief to Caernar­fon and the vil­lages of Bont­newydd and Di­nas, which have to put up with long traf­fic queues ev­ery day, espe­cially dur­ing the morn­ing and evening rush hours.

The protest, which was mon­i­tored by two po­lice of­fi­cers, was peace­ful and ended soon af­ter 9am. Many mo­torists voiced their sup­port by hoot­ing their ve­hi­cle’s horns.

Pro­test­ers waved signs which said: “Come on Ken. By­pass Now!”; “C’mon Ken, Get Your Skates On” and “By­pass When?”.

One pro­tester told the Daily Post: “We’ll con­tinue to protest un­til we get a start on the work.

“The hol­i­day sea­son hasn’t started yet and then the de­lays are 10 times worse.”

Res­i­dents said at peak times in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon it can take 10-15 min­utes to get from their homes to the road and longer to clear the vil­lage.

Yes­ter­day’s protest was at­tended by both Ar­fon AM Siân Gwen­l­lian and Hy­wel Wil­liams MP as well as lo­cal coun­cil­lor Peter Gar­lick.

Ms Gwen­l­lian said: “We’re con­cerned about the huge de­lay with the start of work on the by­pass.

“It should have been open­ing this sum­mer but the con­trac­tors are still not on site.

“This is not ac­cept­able. Peo­ple in this area are fed up at the time this is tak­ing.

“And they are frus­trated that there is no news at all about why there is a de­lay.

“Has the money run out? We don’t know. I hope not and that we will get an an­nounce­ment in the near fu­ture with a proper timetable so that we all know that the by­pass is go­ing to be built.

“It’s much needed so please Welsh Gov­ern­ment, tell us when work is go­ing to start.”

The Welsh Gov­ern­ment has been ap­proached for com­ment.

● Cam­paign­ers protest­ing over de­lays to the long-awaited by­pass. Pic­tures: Ar­wyn Roberts

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