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Third Menai crossing for 2021

Britannia Bridge  From Angleseycirca1860

The Welsh Government has advanced plans to construct a third crossing over the Menai Strait to Anglesey. 

The procurement process is currently underway to appoint consultants to carry out a route selection study for the proposed third Menai Crossing, according to a government spokesperson.

“This will appraise various options and designs for the third crossing and will include a public consultation,” said the spokesperson. “Construction could start in 2021 subject to gaining all the necessary statutory consents.”

In July, the cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure appointed technical advisors to develop the third crossing. The external support will advise on financial packages to fund the project, and help officials liaise with Ynys Mon and Gwynedd Council to find out how much support exists for the third crossing. The advisors will also liaise with energy regulator Ofgem and the National Grid.

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  • I am curious to know why the NCE chose to illustrate this story with the original Stephenson tubular box section rail bridge as opposed to the existing innovative two-tier steel truss arch bridge, carrying both road and rail traffic, that superseded it. It seems to me that this is a much worthier example of what modern engineering can do.

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  • Hi Tim, That's because the old bridge picture is in our content management system's archives, but not a picture of the modern bridge. I did look for both, but I like historical images -- and it was easier for me to use the existing photograph that we have the rights for rather than find a copyright free image.-- Tom Hart

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