Work on the long-awaited Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass will start this winter.
The £135 million project was finally given the go ahead by the Welsh Government in May following years of delays – it’s due to open in the spring of 2021.
The Welsh Government has confirmed that two construction firms, Balfour Beatty and Ruthin-based Jones Bros, will build the new six-mile road. As part of the scheme, trainee and apprentice opportunities will be offered along with graduate placements.
Transport Minister, Ken Skates, said design and development work was continuing at speed – with construction work set to begin shortly: ”I have made clear this scheme will deliver for the area and provide a boost for the region’s economy.”
”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.”
”The Welsh Government is investing substantially in the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass which will make a real difference to communities in the area as well as the travelling public.”
Work on the bypass was meant to start two years ago but was held back by a public inquiry. Further delays followed in March, when ministers announced they needed more time to consider the inquiry’s findings.
The delays led to around sixty people staging a protest in Bontnewydd, just weeks before the Transport Minsiter finally confirmed the bypass would be going ahead.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said ground investigation work was taking place with the compound and offices due to be set up on site soon.