Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes [email protected]­ly­

WORK on the con­struc­tion of the £135m Caernar­fon by­pass is to start this “win­ter”.

De­tailed de­signs, prepa­ra­tions and ground in­ves­ti­ga­tions are cur­rently tak­ing place with the set­ting up of site com­pound and of­fices to be­gin shortly.

While the Welsh Gov­ern­ment has not given an ex­act start date of when the ac­tual build will be­gin it has nar­rowed it down to this “win­ter” - which means work should be un­der­way by March at the very lat­est.

The six-mile by­pass is due to take two years to be com­pleted so should open in Spring 2021.

The scheme will see a new road built from the from the Goat round­about on the A499/A487 junc­tion to the Plas Me­nai round­about.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Ken Skates said the scheme would “pro­vide a boost” for the re­gion’s econ­omy.

Bal­four Beatty and Ruthin-based Jones Bros, in a 50:50 joint ven­ture, will con­struct the by­pass.

AM Skates said: “I’m pleased to an­nounce Bal­four Beatty and Jones Bros will be work­ing to­gether to con­struct this sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment in North West Wales. I have made clear this scheme will de­liver for the area and pro­vide a boost for the re­gion’s econ­omy. Bal­four Beatty Jones Bros will be putting this into ac­tion by of­fer­ing lo­cal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as place­ments for trainees, ap­pren­tices and grad­u­ates. There will also be a prime fo­cus on lo­cal spend on ma­te­ri­als and sub-con­tracts where pos­si­ble and meet the buyer events will be held in due course to en­cour­age lo­cal peo­ple and com­pa­nies to ap­ply for work on the project.”

Hefin Lloyd-Davies, con­tracts di­rec­tor at Jones Bros Civil En­gi­neer­ing UK, said: “The pro­gres­sion of the con­tract is pleas­ing and we’re look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing ben­e­fits to the re­gion in­clud­ing jobs, train­ing, and skills.

“We have a proud his­tory of not only de­liv­er­ing high pro­file projects in a joint ven­ture with Bal­four Beatty, but car­ing about the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate.”

● Im­pres­sion of the Caernar­fon to Bont­newydd by­pass and (below) Ken Skates

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