£25m investment to improve Conwy Tunnel announced

Published on Monday, 08 October 2012 14:52
Posted by Scott Buckler

A £25m boost for the Conwy Tunnel along the A55, which will further improve its resilience and safety, was welcomed today by Transport Minister Carl Sargeant

The funding was announced by Finance Minister Jane Hutt in the draft budget as part of an additional £175m in capital investment to support strategically important projects across Wales, which includes £65m for transport.

The funding for the tunnel, which recently marked its 20th anniversary, will allow work to improve its infrastructure and resilience to be accelerated.  Issues to be looked at will include improved fire protection to help prevent closure of the tunnel for a long period of time should there be a fire and upgrading systems such as lighting and ventilation.

Welcoming the investment Carl Sargeant said:

"The A55 is a vital part of the transport network in North Wales and I am pleased that an additional £25m has been announced to further improve and maintain the engineering feat that is the Conwy Tunnel.  The funding will allow  the improvements  we want to make to the tunnel to be done earlier  than previously planned

"I am also pleased that we are able to make this important investment during these difficult economic times.  Maintaining the integrity of the A55 is essential for the economy in North Wales"

Finance Minister Jane Hutt said:

"We have always said that we will do all we can to boost capital in the face of budget reductions – because we know this is vital to support economic growth and create jobs.

"The funding for Conwy Tunnel will make a real difference in maintaining an important part of our transport infrastructure."

Detailed plans on the work to be carried out in the tunnel will now be drawn up, with a view of carrying out the work in 2014 -15.

In addition to the funding boost for Conwy Tunnel, it was also announced in the draft budget that £40m has been allocated towards the Brynmawr to Tredegar section of the A465 Head of the Valley Dualling Programme - bringing the total additional investment towards transport infrastructure projects to £65m.

This support will accelerate delivery of the 7.8km scheme which will help alleviate the current issues of poor visibility, lack of overtaking opportunities and accident hotspots on the route.

Source: ©Welsh Assembly

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