New A55 park and share to tackle ‘fly parking’

Anglesey Council

Work will start soon on a new park and ride scheme on the A55.

Around £600,000 of Welsh Government funding will be spent on building a car park near junction 7 eastbound at Gaerwen – close to the Menai Science Park.

Anglesey Council says the project is aimed at tackling so-called ‘fly parking’ in undesirable locations and reducing traffic.

The ‘park and share’ area is designed to encourage drivers and commuters to park their cars and travel in a shared vehicle to their destination.

Transport Minister Ken Skates said: ”It’s great to see the Welsh Government’s local transport fund supporting this scheme on Anglesey, which will deliver benefits to the public and the environment. Lift-sharing can help reduce congestion and improve journey times.”

Councillor Bob Parry, the council’s member for highways, said a similar facility at Sant Tysilio had proved to be very successful.

He added: ”We are pleased that Welsh Government have funded this project which will further encourage people to share lifts. It can also be used as a convenient coach pick up/drop off. ”

”The park and share site will feature around 100 spaces with works including earthworks, pavement and footway construction as well as landscaping and finishing works.”

The new facility, due to be completed in June, will be built by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.

Mike Davies, the company’s contracts manager, said: ”As a North Wales-based firm, we understand the importance of projects like this to communities in the region and expect a smooth programme of works in the months ahead with a team of up to 15 on site.”

Traffic management will be in place along the A5152 to Gaerwen during construction work.

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