Aecom has won a contract with the Welsh government to provide design work for a third crossing over the Menai Strait, connecting Anglesey to mainland Wales.
Under the contract Aecom will deliver bridge and highway engineering, transport planning and environmental consultancy services as it develops designs for a third Menai crossing, before a preferred route is identified. The company will work with sub-consultants Knight Architects and environmental consultancy Richards, Moorehead & Laing during the contract.
Design work will start immediately and construction of the bridge could start by 2021, according to the Welsh government. Supporters of the bridge argue that a third crossing is needed to combat traffic congestion on the existing two bridge crossings.
“A much-needed third crossing on the Menai Strait will keep traffic moving along the strategic A55, helping to boost economic growth in North Wales and Anglesey,” said Aecom Europe highways director Dave Beddell.
“Aecom brings a breadth of experience in the delivery of major bridge and highway infrastructure to take this exciting project to its next stage of development.”
It is hoped the scheme will improve journey times across the Menai Strait. Thomas Telford’s 1820s Menai Bridge suffers from heavy congestion, as does Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge; the only section of the A55 that is not a dual carriageway.