The Welsh government has confirmed that it has chosen the “red” route option for the new £250M Deeside Corridor.
The design consultants Aecom and Richards, Moorehead & Laing came up with a blue and a red option for the A55/A494/A548 Deeside Corridor, which is currently a sub-standard, heavily congested dual carriageway.
The red option involves increasing capacity on the existing A548 and building a new road between the A55 and A548.
The blue option included widening the A55/A494 route and removing, modifying and improving junctions.
Welsh economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said: “Having taken full account of the technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of the scheme and listened to the consultation responses, I’m confident that this significant investment will address the existing problems and compliment improvements across the Deeside area.
“The next steps will be to develop a preliminary design, which considers the environmental and engineering issues in more detail and looks to address some of the issues raised during the consultation.
“I’m hopeful that this can all be completed quickly, with businesses and commuters feeling the benefit of this project at the earliest opportunity, strengthening the social and economic links between Deeside Industrial Estate, Chester and beyond in the process.”
Skates added he would be commissioning further work with Network Rail on a new Deeside Parkway station.
He said: “The investment and initiatives I have outlined will go a long way to address the barriers to accessing jobs in the Deeside Hub. They will also form one of the building blocks that will deliver a North East Wales Metro vision of a well-connected and high quality integrated transport system, which maximises active travel opportunities, something which will provide huge benefits for the region.”