Campaign Against the Red Route

“Last year the Welsh Government quite rightly declared a Climate Emergency and cancelled the dreadful M4 Relief Road. But here in North Wales they’re still pushing ahead with an appalling road scheme". Iolo Williams (TV Presenter and Naturalist

The Red Route Proposals

The proposed Red Route development consists of the following:

  • A new 13km two-lane dual carriageway, linking the A55-A5119 Northop Junction (Junction 33) with the A494 and A550 north of Deeside Parkway Junction, via Kelsterton Interchange and the Flintshire Bridge. This option is partly online improvement and partly new alignment. 

Our Objections

The Welsh Assembly Government wants to build a brand new four lane dual carriageway across valuable agricultural land and at the same time destroy ancient wet woodland with the end result simply being the bottle neck being pushed from Deeside to Northop and Halkyn. The development was originally budgeted to cost around £300m plus, but additional measures and cost pressures could see this figure rise to in excess of £400m. An astronomical figure even in the best of times, yet alone during the worst global recession we’ve ever faced. 

As a campaign, we have raised a number of issues over the development. Click the orange box to find out more. 

Quotes

 “Whilst we all welcomed the Welsh Government commitment to tackle the Climate Emergency their pursuance of this road scheme appears to totally contradict this position. Not only do the Welsh Government plans concede that the new road will result in increased CO2 emissions, but the scheme will also cut through one the UK largest solar parks at Shotwick and ancient woodland, both of which are important in offsetting emissions.”

Professor Tom Rippeth – STAMP Group Campaign Chair

“Last year the Welsh Government quite rightly declared a Climate Emergency and cancelled the dreadful M4 Relief Road. But here in North Wales they’re still pushing ahead with an appalling road scheme that would destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland and that totally disregards the need to build back better following the pandemic. The Welsh Government needs to think again.”

Iolo Williams – Naturalist and TV Presenter

“Despite the fact that this proposed road will be ploughed through my farm, including ancient woodland, the minister Ken Skates declined invitations to visit the proposed route before he chose this route. Since the route was chosen none of the farms or businesses directly affected by this new road have even been contacted by his department.

This is an insult to those whose livelihoods and homes will be decimated by this massive undertaking.”

Mr Robert Hodgkinson – Farmer and Concerned Resident

“In drawing up this scheme they appear to have ignored the traffic problems experienced through Flint, particularly on holiday weekends. This scheme could actually result in more traffic congestion at these times in Flint despite the eye watering cost. We have seen nothing to reassure us this won’t be the case.”

Rita Johnson – Flintshire County Council Local Councillor and Oakenholt Resident