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Petition launched calling for the third Menai crossing to be built

01 Nov 2023 4 minute read
The Menai Suspension Bridge. Photo Welsh Government.

A petition has been launched calling for the Welsh Government to commit to building a third Menai crossing.

Britain Remade, which campaigns across the UK to unlock jobs and economic growth started the petition which asks the Welsh Government to, “Drop its ban on new road projects, re-commit to getting a third Menai crossing built, and work with the Government in Westminster to secure the funds necessary for the project.”

It is the latest phase of the group’s campaign for a new road connection between the Welsh mainland and Ynys Môn, which is wholly dependent on two heavily congested 19th century bridges for road access.

The launch of the petition follows a public meeting on the island last month, organised by Britain Remade, which brought together residents and politicians, including the MP for Ynys Môn Virginia Crosbie and Cllr Sonia Williams and Cllr Dyfed Wyn Jones from Plaid Cymru.

At the meeting an “overwhelming majority” demanded politicians in Cardiff give the plans for a new crossing the go ahead as quickly as possible.

The campaign group says a new crossing would “slash congestion and emissions” and support investment on Ynys Môn like a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.

Each day 42,000 vehicles use the two existing bridges; however these roads suffer from congestion, and regular closures for maintenance and in high winds.

Britain Remade says last year’s temporary closure of the Menai Bridge for repairs caused “traffic chaos and economic pain” for people and businesses in north West Wales.

Plans for any new bridge were cancelled when the Welsh Government scrapped 55 road building projects on climate grounds.


Environmental campaigners called the decision, “world-leading and brave”.

However, Britain Remade has said that vehicles crossing the Strait will continue to increase beyond the next decade which could lead to worse congestion and higher emissions.

Polling by Britain Remade has found that scrapping the plan for a new crossing is opposed by close to half (46%) of people within the region and supported by just a third (33%) of people who live in north Wales.

The poll also found that half of people in Wales (49%) are opposed to the freeze on new road building projects.

A third (33%) support it and 18% say they don’t know.

Half of people (49%) also thought the scrapping of major road building projects would be ineffective at reducing overall carbon emissions in Wales.

Research carried out by Britain Remade looked at the impact of Westminster’s main scheme for building and upgrading Britain’s motorways and major roads.

It found that adding 370 miles on new roads increased CO2 emissions by just 0.1%.

The campaign group gas said the best way to cut emissions is to make it easier for drivers to choose electric cars.

Sam Richards, Founder and Campaign Director of Britain Remade, said: “Every time I speak to people on Ynys Môn I’m struck by how much people rely on the two ageing bridges linking the island to the mainland.

“People on Ynys Môn are desperate for a modern connection to mainland Wales, which has been promised for so many years.

“Not only is the lack of a 21st century bridge making life difficult for residents and businesses, it’s leading to more congestion and higher emissions – while doing little to tackle climate change.

“This petition will send a clear message to the governments in Cardiff and Westminster: stop playing politics, and work together to make the lives of those who rely on the Menai crossing easier.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The North Wales Transport Commission is considering options for improving connections to and from Ynys Mon.

“Final recommendations are yet to be made, but the interim report sets out an approach to make the current infrastructure and bridges work better.”

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6 months ago

May be worth at looking 👀 at this group GB before signing ✍️ up.

Philip Steele
Philip Steele
6 months ago

Britain Remade is a right-wing thinktank made up of ex Tory political advisers. It seeks issues which they hope will raise populist campaigning issues for right-wing Tory candidates such as Crosbie. I think this article should mention the provenance of this petition. I personally think North Wales has far more pressing transport problems to solve and that the environmental impact of this crossing is too high.

6 months ago

One of Liz “tanked the UK” Truss advisors in the line up and declares it? One to avoid then. Rather than harvest peoples data, set the petition up on the Senedd web site and link to it.

6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Advisor to Ben Houchen as well!
Defo will not be signing this.

Ap Kenneth
6 months ago

Nation.Cymru why are you not highlighting the background, biographical details, and funding of such groups before promoting there “campaigns”?

Ap Kenneth
6 months ago
Reply to  Mark Mansfield

Maybe it would be an idea to put links in the article or the end of to other related articles. I do not agree with Martin’s assessment of this group but do not recall seeing it.

Ap Kenneth
6 months ago

The article says that 42K vehicles use the two bridges everyday, but the Welsh Gov own publication in 2016 on a 3rd crossing shows that vehicle numbers dropped after 2008 due to the closure of Anglesey Aluminium and then Wylfa and reduced ferry traffic due to Brexit from a peak of 55K vehicles per day. So the real problem is not the amount of traffic but the lack of resilence when bridges are closed or restricted for maintenance. The cost in 2016 (so it will be far more now) was between £118 million to £233 million, so double or triple… Read more »

6 months ago
Reply to  Ap Kenneth

If you think a bridge is expensive, then you’ll faint at the cost of a tunnel.!!!
Because of the geography & geology, you are looking at a ~ 10 km tunnel taking ~5-8yrs costing £8-10 billion .

Douglas Harding
Douglas Harding
6 months ago

Two bridges is enough. The solution to congestion is simple. Make the crossing free for people who legitimately live and/or work on the island and charge a high tariff for visitors. More bridges, more cars, more pollution, more traffic jams, more accidents, more road rage: previous governments were too complacent in trying to imitate America, which being nearly 3,000 miles wide, depends on cars. We need more cars like the holes in politicians heads. Look to mainland Europe, which has always been way ahead of us in developing an infrastructure that reduces car dependency.

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