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Minister rejects claims road projects in the north are in ‘deep freeze’

14 Oct 2021 3 minute read
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Liam Randall, local democracy reporter

Claims that road improvement projects in north Wales have been placed into a “deep freeze” have been dismissed.

The Welsh Government announced a pause on new road building schemes in June while a review is carried out to reduce carbon emissions.

The decision has resulted in several projects being put on hold in the region, including the proposed Deeside “Red Route” and a third Anglesey crossing.

The issue was raised in the Senedd by Clwyd West MS Darren Millar, who said it was proof that Labour ministers did not care about the area.

However, the Conservative politician’s accusations were denied by the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, Lesley Griffiths.

Speaking yesterday (Wednesday, October 13), Mr Millar said: “The Labour Party made pre-election promises that it would deliver significant improvements to the trunk road network in north Wales.

“These are big projects, which you’ve promised to deliver for the people of north Wales, which are now in the deep freeze as a result of the decisions being taken by this government.

“People in north Wales would expect that, as the Minister for North Wales, you would be shouting out to unlock those projects and ensure their delivery.

“But isn’t it the truth that this Labour government simply doesn’t care about north Wales, and that’s why other projects are proceeding while these are on ice?”

Existing routes.

When the review was announced, Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters said the government wanted to shift money from new roads to maintaining existing routes and investing in public transport.

He said projects that were already under way, such as the Heads of the Valleys Road in South Wales, would continue.

However, Ms Griffiths, who represents Wrexham, said the suggestion north Wales was being ignored was not accurate.

She said: “Darren Millar knows that that is absolutely not true. I’m a member from north-east Wales and I would never allow that to happen.

“The fact that we have a Minister for North Wales and we have had for a significant number of years, absolutely shows that, so please don’t mislead in that way.

“You say that they’re in the deep freeze; they’re not in the deep freeze. There is currently a review going on.

“This is a five-year government and we’re five months into it, so I don’t think you can say that these things will not happen.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

So how long then?

Are they in a chill cabinet somewhere?

Any news on the long awaited Llanbedr by-pass?

That sounded like a fob off from North East Wales to me…

Last edited 2 years ago by Mab Meirion
2 years ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

There’s probably a long list of justifiable projects right across North Wales which have been declined ignored or just “paused” indefinitely by this Bay regime. Much as a dual carriageway for much of the A470 north of Brecon might be nice to have I think many of us are now reconciled to a programme of steady improvements but that too won’t happen any time soon, parked up in a long term layby. The alternative ? Well that North south rail link via Aberystwyth might help some of us but that is also shunted into a siding somewhere. The A487 from… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I used the A487 for two years, Bermo to Aber it wore me and the car out. Thinking about ambulances on life or death dashes to Aber, Bangor and Wrexham for that matter part illustrates the trade off we have always paid for living in the finest county (pre 74) in Wales…

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
2 years ago

Darren Millar obviously hasn’t been to Caernarfon recently. He’s a grade 1 moaner.

Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
2 years ago

The Newtown bypass cost £95m, and I love it, but that money would have sorted out the potholed roads of Wrexham Borough ten times over. Main roads and minor roads are in an awful state all over Wales, causing damage and probably accidents. If the money was really used to bring roads up to standard we would all benefit, just having road markings that you can see when dark or in the wet would be nice.. Wrexham Council and the Welsh Government do, however, need to get on and repair the B5605 damaged in a Storm Christophe. If we cannot… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago
Reply to  Ap Kenneth

Not all over Wales, you malign Gwynedd Highways, here it is about all I see, personally, for my council tax !

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