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Consultation opens on Third Menai Crossing

Menai Bridge 3to2

An Aecom-led consultation on the Third Menai Crossing has opened, with the public urged to look at four options for a crossing over the Menai Strait.

The Welsh government plans to announce its preferred route in the summer. It is part of the £3M design and development stage of the project led by Aecom.

The red option is for a new bridge directly to the west of Britannia Bridge.

The pink option is for an extension of Britannia Bridge with a new bridge immediately east of the existing bridge to provide extra traffic lanes.

The orange is for a new bridge directly to the east of Britannia Bridge

The purple option is for a new bridge to the east of Britannia Bridge with improvements at A55 Junctions 8 and 8A.

menai crossing map

menai crossing map

Welsh government economy and transport secretary Ken Skates said: “I am absolutely committed to the development of a third Menai crossing which will bring many benefits to the area including addressing congestion on the existing Britannia Bridge and ensuring our road network is ready for major projects such as Wylfa Newydd (nuclear power station).

“The Welsh Government is investing £600M in transport infrastructure improvements across North Wales over the coming years to ensure the region has the modern and high quality transport system it needs to develop its potential for economic growth.

“The third Menai crossing is an imperative part of our plans to improve capacity, reliability and journey times as well as strengthen the network’s resilience. We are aiming to start construction by the end of 2020.

“This is a significant development for the area and I encourage everyone with an interest to contribute to this consultation. These views will form an important part of the preferred route decision process.”

The list of structural forms considered included post-tensioned concrete bridges, extrados bridges, cable-stayed bridges, steel truss bridges, tied-arch bridges and thrust-arch bridges.

The selection has also considered initial and whole-life costs, constructability and maintenance.

The consultation closes in March.

 

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