Welsh economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates Plans continues to push assembly plans for a third Menai crossing linking Anglesey to the North Wales mainland.
The proposal, which could cost up to £130 million, is already the Welsh Government’s preferred option to improve transport links in north Wales and Mr Skates today met stakeholders to further discuss the plans.
Mr Skates (pictured) said: “I have long been clear in my commitment to a third Menai crossing, and the obvious benefits it would bring to local communities and the economy. The current system is often at or over capacity and with major projects such as Wyfla Newydd in the pipeline it’s imperative that we act quickly to look at how we can improve accessibility.
“We’ve looked in detail at all possible solutions to the existing Britannia Bridge, from providing three narrow lanes with tidal flow on the existing bridge to moving the eastbound merge to smooth traffic flow. These options have been ruled out following significant safety issues identified in risk assessments and concerns raised by the emergency services.”
The Welsh Government’s preferred option is for a road and cable crossing to be built in conjunction with National Grid.
He added: “We are now developing a preferred option for a new bridge in consultation with interested parties to see what’s possible. As part of this process, we continue to explore with the National Grid opportunities for a combined road and cable crossing – something which could provide added benefits to the scheme for all concerned.”
Currently, there are two Menai Strait crossings. The Menai Bridge was built by Thomas Telford in the 1820s, while Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge opened to carry rail traffic in 1850 and was extended in the 20th century to cater for road traffic.
If plans for a third Menai crossing are approved, construction could start by 2021