The Welsh Government has finally given the go-ahead for the long delayed Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass.
Work on the new six-mile relief road, costing £135 million, could begin as soon as this November following years of delays.
The bypass will be built between from the Goat roundabout – at the junction for the A487 and A499 – to Plas Menai roundabouts around Llanwnda, Dinas, Bontnewydd and Caernarfon. It will be made up of three sections separated by new roundabouts at Meifod and Cibyn.
Civil engineering firms Jones Bros and Balfour Beatty will build the new road – if the project runs on schedule, it could be completed by spring 2021.
Visiting Bontnewydd on Thursday, First Minister Carwyn Jones said: ”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.”
Plans for the bypass have been long delayed. Work was meant to start two years ago but was held back by a public inquiry. Then in March, the Welsh Government announced it needed more time to consider the the findings and recommendations following the inquiry.
Last month, around 60 protestors gathered in Bontnewydd – including Plaid Cymru’s Arfon AM, Sian Gwenllian and Arfon MP Hwyel Williams – calling on Transport Secretary Ken Skates to set a new start date for the project.
After Thursday’s announcement, Mr Skates said: ”This is a major scheme and one which will bring many benefits to the area. It will be a real boost to the region and foster conditions for sustainable economic development and employment opportunities.”
”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.”