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Boxing Day Floods 2015

December 26, 2015   

The A55 has been closed today due to severe flooding at Llanfairfechan and Talybont. Anglesey has been cut off by road.

There are more videos and interviews about the devastation caused by today’s weather here.

Flooding affects A55 between Gwynedd and Conwy

May 23, 2014   

From BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27550939

A55 in north Wales closed due to flooding
Motorists are advised to avoid the area while highways teams deal with the flooding
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A section of the A55 in north Wales has been closed due to flooding leading to tailbacks.

Floods affected the road between J12 Roman Road in Gwynedd and J18 Conwy and Llandudno Junction following heavy rain on Friday afternoon.

The westbound carriageway between J11 and 12 has been closed and motorists are being diverted through Tal-y-Bont.

Traffic Wales says the Conwy Tunnels westbound have been closed for safety reasons due to the volume of traffic.

Diversions have been put in place.

Sheep bring traffic to a halt on the A55

August 26, 2013   

Roads now clear after escaped animals removed from carriageway

Police had to deal with sheep which escaped on to the A55 at Chester
Police had to deal with sheep which escaped on to the A55 at Chester

Police were called to deal with a herd of sheep which escaped on to the carriageway of the A55 in Chester today (Monday, August 26).

Bank holiday traffic was brought to a standstill after the animals managed to get on to the road at about 10am.

The incident happened on the A55 near to its junction with the M53.

A motorist stuck in the queues contacted The Chronicle to say they had seen armed police at the scene but this has not yet been confirmed by Cheshire Constabulary.

A police spokesman said: “Officers have been dealing with an incident on the A55 Chester near to M53. There have been traffic delays as a result. The roads are now open and traffic is clearing.”


Plea to speed up plans for third A55 lane over the Menai Bridge

June 8, 2013   

Plea to speed up plans for third A55 lane over the Menai Bridge

Welsh Government asked to act now to try and combat snarl ups on the traffic-clogged bridge

The Menai Suspension Bridge is often clogged with traffic at peak times
The Menai Suspension Bridge is often clogged with traffic at peak times

The Welsh Government was urged yesterday to speed up plans for a third lane on theA55 Britannia Bridge to cure traffic congestion over the Menai Strait.

Transport minister Edwina Hart has agreed officials should examine more short term measures to combat the snarl-ups which regularly delay journeys to and from Anglesey .

Rush hour drivers often take more than 10 minutes to travel just a quarter of a mile over the bridge. Longer term proposals for a third bridge over the Strait, estimated to cost £100m, are years away, as capital budgets are squeezed.

Some travelling from Anglesey have now started using a new park and share scheme to reduce traffic .

The revised National Transport Plan to 2015 sets out a work plan to review the options to increase the capacity of the A55 across the Menai, including for walkers and cyclists. Ynys Mon AM Ieuan Wyn Jones questioned the minister in the Senedd yesterday over the prospects for a new bridge, and whether she could outline a timetable for design work.

Ms Hart said officials were investigating options to increase the capacity on the A55 across the Menai Strait, particularly for walkers and cyclists, according to the National Transport Plan.

She stopped short of setting out a timetable for preparatory work on a new bridge, adding: “We do have to look at some short term measures. My officials are currently looking across Wales in terms of pinch points with forward work in certain of those areas.”

It is six years since a consultation by the Welsh Government came up with eight options – two for a new bridge.

“It’s reported that consultants would be appointed by the Welsh Government later this year to review proposals and a bridge, however, may be just one of the proposals which have to be compared in more detail alongside others. When would you expect the preferred option,” he asked.

Mrs Hart said “I think we have to look at this strategically. I have asked officials to see if we can make this work go a little bit fasterin terms of how we can look at things. I’ll drop you a line when I get a clearer timetable.”  Ynys Môn AM Mr Jones, a former transport minister, said later: “There is no doubt that the cuts in capital budgets are having an impact on most roads schemes. What we have got to do is keep them doing the work on plans for a third crossing.”

He was encouraged by a commitment to look at other measures to alleviate traffic chaos: “In the past we have looked at three lanes over the bridge and at traffic flows to manage better the exits and entrances to the road on Anglesey.”

MP for Anglesey Albert Owen said the island needed an extra crossing, whether a new bridge or an enhancement to the existing bridges and efforts should be made to attract EU structural funding.

“But in the short and medium term a third lane on the existing Britannia Bridge should be examined further. A third crossing would be a long way off so I would like to see improvements to the current links, with traffic management and a possible third lane on the Britannia Bridge.”

Published at: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plea-speed-up-plans-third-4065412