Massive £200 million 'Deeside Corridor' road plan gets go-ahead

Reporter:

David Humphreys

The preferred route for a £200m road upgrade is to be announced tomorrow.

It is understood by the Leader that the Welsh Government is likely to move ahead with the ‘red’ route as part of the revamp of the A494/A55/A548 ‘Deeside Corridor’.

The red route involves a new road between the A55 and A458 via the Flintshire Bridge and a new junction to join the A55 near Northop/Flint Mountain.

It was also the preferred route put forward by Flintshire Council.

Ken Skates, Welsh Government cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure and Assembly Member for Clwyd South, is expected to announce the Senedd's preferred option in an oral statement tomorrow.

Speaking to the Leader, Mr Skates said the road upgrades will deliver “a huge boost to the economy and the communities of Flintshire and beyond.”

When the plans to upgrade the road network were announced, Welsh Government officials said “the A494/A55 between the River Dee and Northop Interchange is a dual two-lane road. It experiences congestion frequently.

“The road experiences more traffic than it was designed for, and is below modern standards.

“It is poorly aligned and there is nowhere for broken down vehicles to pull off the road.

“Some of the junctions have slip roads that are too short or too close to the road, some of which have poor visibility.

“It is at these junctions that the majority of accidents occur.”

In the public consultation held into the plans, almost 75 per cent of respondents came out in favour of the red route with 80 per cent saying it was important to improve the transport network in the area.

Ahead of his statement, Mr Skates told the Leader that all options had been considered prior to the decision being made.

“Improving the main arterial road across North Wales is a priority for Welsh Government.

“The Deeside Corridor requires significant attention in order to reduce congestion and improve resilience.

“We intend to dedicate at least £200m to this scheme which will deliver a huge boost to the economy and the communities of Flintshire and beyond.

“The consultation has generated phenomenal interest and we have carefully considered all observations,” he said.

A document released in June confirmed that Flintshire Council had supported the red route as “on balance” it was “the most beneficial route to the council and North Wales” offering “both strategic long term network improvements... as well as providing for improved economic and social connectivity and benefits.”

Residents held protests against any possible adoption of the blue route, claiming it would “cut off” communities and bring about “unacceptable levels” of pollution.

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  • igodfrey

    09:09, 26 September 2017

    The reason for blocking planning permission for the Northop crematorium now becomes clear. People who objected to this venture on the grounds that it would increase traffic through Northop will now realise that perhaps it was a better option to the new road. How can the building of a modest crematorium site on green belt be refused yet the construction of a mutli-lane highway be granted permission. Hypocrisy on a grand scale.

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  • igodfrey

    09:09, 26 September 2017

    The economic and social benefits that supporters of the new red route envisage will be purely transient at best. All that this so-called improvement will achieve is leap frogging the Queensferry / Aston congestion and reintroducing it at Northop / Halkyn. The volume of traffic entering the region will be the same whether it is directed through Aston or converged at Northop. How does this ease congestion in the region? The impact of the new road build on those living in Oakenholt, Flint Mountain and Northop will be severe, with loss of livelihood, disruptive construction traffic, swelled volumes of traffic on arterial roads feeding the new development and loss of an important rural environment being high on the list of detrimental effects. The orchestrators of this road infrastructure white elephant need to rethink their strategy.

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  • wibble

    16:04, 25 September 2017

    This is hilarious. For what was spent on the inquiry Deeside could have had two roads. And now they have chosen the option that will not relieve traffic in the Deeside corridor. Which was supposed to be the intention. Time will tell on that score.The intention of the red route is to re-zone Kelsterton as non green belt. All seems a little corrupt to me especially when you look at the people who ran the no campaign. What a joke.

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