Improvements on the A494

I recently attended the public consultation regarding the Deeside Corridor and the improvements to the A494/A55. The stretch of trunk road through Deeside experiences more traffic than it was designed for and has subsequently needed work doing to it for a considerable amount of time. That is why I welcomed the £200 million investment from Welsh Government.

The numbers present at both consultations, in Ewloe Social Club and Coleg Cambria, really goes to show the strength of feeling towards this issue. Having had a detailed presentation outlining both proposals, the Blue and the Red Route, I have decided to support the Red Route due to the implications the alternate route will have on so many of my constituents.

I have long been a champion of environmentally friendly policies and I am always reluctant to support measures that will impact our environment and green spaces. However after much deliberation I feel the impact the blue route will have on so many of my constituent’s livelihoods is substantial and cannot be ignored.

Although the Red Route is my preferred option, I still think the stretch of road through Deeside up Aston Hill is long overdue improvements. I will therefore push for this stretch of road to be brought up to modern standards whichever route is chosen, particularly in respect of noise.

I am delighted to again be Labour’s candidate for Alyn and Deeside at the 2017 General Election. I’d like to take the opportunity to echo my colleague, David Hanson, in his call to ensure you are registered to vote. If you are not already registered you can do this online at

I will no longer be your MP once the election is called but I will still be available on the following details if you do need to contact me. or 07391 955 337. The Assembly Member, Carl Sargeant, will continue to work from the constituency office 70 High Street, Connah’s Quay.

It has been a pleasure representing you over the past 16 years and I hope I get the opportunity to ensure your voice is heard in Parliament for another 5 years.