Trunk road improvement remains on track

An £11.3 million scheme to improve an existing trunk road in Wales continues to make good progress.

The A470 Maes Y Helmau to Cross Foxes scheme is taking place east of Dolgellau and within the Snowdonia National Park. The scheme has been designed to improve a currently substandard section of trunk road – the Cardiff to Glan Conwy route – making it safer for road users.

Work began on the Welsh Government implemented scheme in March 2012, with Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd as the main contractor. The scheme was placed on the Welsh Government’s list of priorities for trunk road improvements after the Government identified that the route suffered from poor visibility and sharp bends.

The scheme covers 2.1km of road and follows the almost the exact same line of the existing route. Where the new route differs is along a section of track located between the entrance to the property known as Hendre Gyfeilliad and the junction with the unclassified county road to the village of Tabor.

The junction between the A470(T) and the B4416 Class 2 County Road to Brithdir is also being improved, with the widening of the road. This includes widening sections of the track where visibility is reduced.

Reinforced concrete retaining walls are being installed where required, along with non-illuminated road signs.

The scheme has been carefully considered and balances the requirements of road users with the surrounding environment. The design is in keeping with relevant aims and objectives set out by the Welsh Assembly Government’s National Transport Plan (2010), which maximises reliability, improves safety and uses sustainable construction and maintenance methods.

An environmental impact assessment has been undertaken on the scheme, which includes a noise and vibration study. Taking into account a 15 year period the study concluded that the scheme is not expected to alter the number or type of vehicles using the road.

The land used within the scheme covers privately-owned woodland and farmland, as well as existing carriageway and land owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.

The A470 Maes Y Helmau to Cross Foxes trunk road is a key north to south transport link, which provides a service to an array of road users, from commercial drivers through to local road users and tourists.

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales and has the responsibility for the economy, education, health and the Welsh NHS and businesses. The Welsh Government works to help improve the lives of people in Wales, making the nation a better place to live and work.

The Welsh Government comprises the First Minister, Welsh Minsters, the Counsel General and Deputy Ministers. The team support civil servants who work across devolved key areas of public life.

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