Posted: Sun 20th Mar 2016

Construction Of Llangefni Link Road Begins /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 20th, 2016

Works to construct a new link road aimed at bringing significant economic benefits to Llangefni and Anglesey is underway. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The new Llangefni Link Road, to the east of the town, will link the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Pencraig campus to the A5114 at the Lon Glanhwfa/Industrial Estate Road junction. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Isle of Anglesey County Council is delighted to announce that the contract for the construction of Sections 1 and 2 has been awarded to Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd. Sections 1 and 2 will see the construction of a new road from the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Pencraig campus to the B5420 Lon Penmynydd, and then linking through to the existing Bryn Cefni Business Park road.The works recently got underway and are due to be completed by March 2017. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The link road will act as a catalyst for a number of significant economic development benefits to the area. Most notably, it will enable the growth and expansion of the college campus and provide improved access to the Enterprise Zone sites. Additionally, the scheme will improve linkages with the A55 and help overcome traffic constraints in Llangefni. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As the development of the Link Road progresses, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is committed to the expansion of the Llangefni Campus, and is working closely with partners to create a Technology and Engineering Centre of Excellence for the region; with the aim of educating young people to have the necessary skills to enable them to obtain employment in the energy sector. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The scheme is being funded by the Welsh Government with a match-funding contribution from Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The County Council has welcomed funding secured from the Welsh Government for constructing Section 1 and 2, and has submitted grant funding applications to build the remaining sections. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

County Council Leader and Economic Development Regeneration portfolio holder, Councillor Ieuan Williams said, “The Link Road project can provide Llangefni with the foundation to enable future development for significant economic growth, and allow the town to fulfil it’s potential as a strategic employment and education hub for the wider region.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anglesey’s Head of Service: Highways, Waste and Property, Dewi Williams added, “I wish to thank the Welsh Government for its continued support for the link road project, and for recognising its strategic importance in the wider context for Anglesey.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Transport Minister, Edwina Hart said: “I am very pleased to see work get underway on this important project. The Llangefni link road will improve access to key education and employment sites on Anglesey to support economic growth. Through the Local Transport Fund, the Welsh Government is committed to investing in transport infrastructure across Wales to improve access to jobs and services and promote economic growth.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Chief Executive, Glyn Jones, is delighted with the news regarding the Llangefni link road. He said, “This means that we are going to be able to fulfil our ambitions for the development of this important campus, which will, in due course, provide Engineering & Technology facilities in support of the developing energy industry in Anglesey. We would like to thank Welsh Government, Isle of Anglesey County Council and the Enterprise Zone Board for all their help, support and financial contribution in securing this important development. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Isle of Anglesey County Council secured planning consent on the Llangefni Link Road in December 2015. The planning consent included strict conditions on tree felling and all site clearance work is being carried out in accordance with those conditions and under the watching brief of an ecologist. The construction of the new road will result in 1.35ha of new planting to mitigate against the loss of 0.59ha of woodland. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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