£22 million for Deeside traffic improvements

The Government has announced that it is spending £22 million on the roads of Deeside to cut congestion, delays and accidents.

The cash will also be spent on improving links between Deeside Industrial Park and the M56, with the aim of boosting Deeside’s economic prospects.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami said: “This is a huge sum of money that will help beat congestion and safety problems between the end of the M56 and Deeside Industrial Park.

“I am delighted and relieved that after a long and hard round of lobbying, the Government has agreed with what I and many industrialists have been saying.
“The Government has given this region a significant boost and I am sure this news will act as a tonic following the decision by the WDA to stop £1 million in funding for the Demand Response Transport system.”

Mr Tami has been lobbying Government ministers for several months in attempt to secure funding for road improvements along the A5117.

He added: “Both the Transport Minister John Spellar and the Welsh Assembly Transport Minister Sue Essex have hailed this development as a project that will help the economic regeneration of Flintshire.

“However, what we now need to do is convince those who rejected the expansion of Deeside Industrial Park that if do not plan for tomorrow we face revisiting the dark days of the past.

“The Government is committed to lifting Flintshire’s ambitions and I am pleased to have secured a positive result for the people and businesses of our county.”

The improvements consist of new two-level junctions at the A550 (Woodbank), A540 (Little Chef) and the M56 (Dunkirk). Comprehensive facilities will also be provided along the length of the route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

The Highways Agency is also looking at short-term measures to improve facilities for local people along the route while the work is carried out.

In addition, a review of public transport facilities will be carried out in the hope to reduce the current rate of traffic, which is in excess of 55,000 vehicles per day.

A Freight Quality Partnership will also be set up to reconcile the need for the movement of goods and provisions will be made for services with an environmental and social concern.

The improvements will cost £22 million and will be completed in 2007.