David Vs Goliath – The Battle to Save Our Environment

The Welsh Assembly Government, under their delegated resposiblities for Transport and the Economy, in 2015 decided to look at improvements to the A55 /A494 Dual Carriageway to ease congestion along the route. The original plan was to widen the A55 at Aston Hill to a three lane carriageway, therefore alleviating congestion on the hill. The proposals were met with significant opposition by local residents and in 2008, the then First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, confirmed the development would not go ahead. 

Fast forward to 2015, the plans for the development and improvements along the route were once again considered and with two options put forward:.  

 

The Red Route

The Red Route will see a brand new road constructed from the A494 by the Deeside Corridor, across the Flintshire Bridge (upgrades to the bridge will be necessary) through acres of farmland, wild countryside and ancient woodland and linking back to the A55 with the construction of a brand new, multi level interchange at Junction 33A of the A55 at Northop.

 

The Blue Route

The Blue Route (which is this campaigns preferred route along with additional measures) would involve major improvements to the existing A55 / A494 routes. The carriageway would widened to six lanes for 6 miles in each direction and major junction improvements at the Ewloe Junction Interchange. Additional proposals would include a crawler lane up from Northop to Halkyn.