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A55 drivers made delays worse says minister

Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart has blamed "poor driver behaviour" for the length of the queues on the A55 at Penmaenmawr two weeks ago. In a written statement to Assembly Members, she says the Welsh Government had tried to reduce delays caused by improvement work in the tunnels through the Penmaenbach headland.

I ... appreciate that the works have caused some frustration for road users. Unfortunately, delays were longer than normal the week before last, and poor driver behaviour impacted on our efforts to minimise queuing.

We are unable to re-open the westbound tunnel fully each day as this would extend the overall programme considerably, result in greater health and safety risks and significantly increase scheme costs. However, we did remove the eastbound traffic management during the day on the weekend to minimise delays. Signs have also now been put in place in an attempt to discourage vehicles using Sychnant Pass.

– Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart AM

Mrs Hart added that the contractors "are working 24/7" to complete the scheme before Christmas and that the Welsh Government aimed to have no restrictions on the A55 between Easter and September 2016. She expected that planned work on the Conwy and Pen y Clip tunnels in February and March would cause significantly fewer problems than the Penmaenbach scheme.

The Minister also pointed out that £42 million was being spent on the A55 in order to improve the safety and resilience of the key route across north Wales.


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