Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced that a consultation on tackling congestion on the A494 and A55 in Deeside is well underway. With improvements costing around £200m to action, this will be the largest investment since the roads were built.
The first of four public exhibitions started on Tuesday at Ewloe Social Club, with the 12-week consultation aiming to raise road standards; tackling a plethora of issues outlined by Welsh Government.
“Between those two key arteries (A483 and A55) we are going to be better connecting north Wales with the Midlands and the North West, ensuring that cross border economy continues to grow,” he said.
Announced at a speech at Cardiff Airport, Skates outlined his transport plans for the next five years. Defining priorities as the £1.1bn six-lane M4 relief road south of Newport as well as tackling pinch-points along the A55 in north Wales, it seems that the whole country will benefit from Skates’ plans.
He also said money would be invested in reducing congestion on the A483 near Wrexham. In addition, Mr Skates highlighted congestion problems at the Black Cat roundabout off the A55 at Llandudno Junction, Conwy county.
Ideas for road improvements on the A494/A55 in Deeside were first raised back in 2006. Demolishing homes in the process, plans for a seven-lane highway on the A55 and A494 at Aston Hill in Flintshire were thrown in the air by ministers.
Last year such issues were revisited and it was announced that two routes were being assessed; one focusing on the A55/A494 from the River Dee bridge to Northop. The other aimed to improve the existing A458 Flintshire Bridge.
The Welsh Government said the road was “below modern standards” and that with this investment they could bring the road up to date whilst improving traffic flow throughout the area. With full plans to be exhibited within the next 12 weeks, only time will tell the full extent of these upgrades.