Green light for North Wales bypass
The Welsh Government has confirmed that a long-awaited £135m highways project is to go ahead.
The 9.7km Gwynedd bypass will be built from the Goat roundabout on the A499/A487 junction to the Plas Menai roundabout, around Llanwnda, Dinas, Bontnewydd and Caernarfon avoiding the town centres.
Approval was given to fund the project following an Inspector’s report and public inquiry. The route will be made up of three sections separated by new roundabouts at Meifod and Cibyn.
The next steps will see a design and construct contract awarded with detailed scheme design, commencing in June. Construction could then start in November 2018, and be completed by spring 2021.
Ken Skates, cabinet secretary for economy and transport, said: “The bypass will help remove traffic congestion, improve air quality and reduce noise emissions in Caernarfon, Bontnewydd and the surrounding villages resulting in healthier communities and environments.
“It will also provide improved links to tourist destinations in the Llŷn Peninsula and Snowdonia as well as great opportunities for active travel within and around Caernarfon by linking with surrounding communities.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones added: “The bypass will not only help connect communities in the area through sustainable and resilient infrastructure, but also provide a vital link to the A55 and beyond to Ireland, England and Europe.
“It also presents a big opportunity for local employment, workforce training and apprenticeships, especially during the construction phase.”