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Updated construction routes


We’re currently assessing feedback we received to updates to construction traffic routes we plan to use while constructing the second connection. This feedback will help us finalise our construction traffic routes ahead of submitting our application to the Planning Inspectorate in the autumn.

During our last stage of consultation, which ran from 5 October to 16 December 2016, we put forward which roads we proposed to use for construction.

The Isle of Anglesey County Council’s transport team provided feedback to our consultation with suggestions to change some of the construction routes.

We considered these recommendations and carried out our own assessments. These have shown that the revised proposed routes would offer a number of benefits. You can find out more about these changes below.

Most of the equipment we’ll need to construct the new overhead line will be transported on heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), like lorries. We'll also need vans and cars to take workers to and from construction sites.

We think construction will take two to three years and will start in 2019 at the earliest. There are pictures of what our equipment could look like in our image gallery.

If you’d like some more information on how we would build the connection, you can take a look at our transport and construction page, or pages 50-53 of our overview document. You may also find our blog on this topic interesting. 

Wylfa

We’ve made some changes to our temporary access routes near Wylfa. Due to this, we now think we’ll need an additional HGV route off the A5205 towards the old Wylfa Nuclear Power Station.

We’re confident that this won’t have a significant effect on road users and we’ll agree a traffic management plan with the Isle of Anglesey County Council before construction starts. This will make sure that any effects on local traffic are minimised, especially during busy periods. 

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Rhosybol

We’re now proposing to use HGVs on routes near Rhosybol where we previously thought we would only need to use smaller light goods vehicles (LGVs). This is in part due to other changes to our routes on the island that will allow us to get our vehicles to our construction site with the least overall effects.

We also need to use a small, additional section of road near Rhosgoch for HGVs. This is in part because of a low-height bridge on the road between Rhosgoch and Rhosybol.

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Llangefni to Llanerchymedd

In our autumn 2016 consultation, we suggested using the A55 and B5112 to Llanerchymedd to get our equipment to site.  In their feedback, the Isle of Anglesey County Council instead suggested using the road between Llangefni and Llanerchymedd, through Llangefni along Bridge Street, before joining the B5110 at the roundabout near ASDA.

The council has also asked us to consider an alternative route if the Llangefni link road is not complete for when we need to start construction in 2019 at the earliest. That’s why we’ve added an alternative route through Bryn Cefni Industrial Park.

Following the consultation, we considered the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s recommendations and carried out our own assessments. These have shown that the revised proposed routes would offer a number of benefits:

  • They are already well used by HGVs that deliver goods to shops on the outskirts of the town
  • They avoid the High Street and main residential areas of Llangefni
  • Overall, they are likely to have fewer effects on the county’s roads – at our busiest time, construction vehicles would only represent a very small increase in traffic

Our assessments indicate our construction traffic would not have a noticeable effect on journey times or on pedestrians trying to get around Llangefni.

B5110 towards Brynteg

We’ll also need to use HGVs on the B5110 towards Brynteg, where we previously thought we would only need to use smaller vehicles. This is in part due to the change of route between Llangefni and Llanerchymedd and will allow us to get our vehicles to our construction site with the least overall effects.

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Star

The Isle of Anglesey County Council’s transport department informed us that a public highway extends further than we indicated in our autumn 2016 consultation. We’ll need to use this road for some of our HGV traffic and are making people aware of this change. 

We’re confident that this won’t have a significant effect on road users and we’ll agree a traffic management plan with the Isle of Anglesey County Council before construction starts. This will make sure that any effects on residents are reduced, especially during busy periods. 

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Braint

During our consultation last year, we proposed using the link road between the A5 and the A4080 near Llanfairpwll for LGVs.  We are now proposing to use part of this road for HGVs as well, to transport equipment to our proposed tunnel head house near Braint.

Because of this change, we are looking at temporarily closing part of the link road during construction of the tunnel. This is to ensure the safety of road users and local people.  We think construction of the tunnel will take four to five years and won’t start until 2019.

We’d make sure that access to properties along this road is maintained at all times. A strict traffic management plan would also be in place throughout, with diversions clearly marked for road users.

As a result, we would work to avoid causing any significant disruption for people living along the road.

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