Major A55 Expressway Improvement Incorporates Active Travel Upgrade between Llanfairfechan and Talybont

posted in: Active Travel, Cycleways

Quote from ‘Alex Breeze’ (Welsh Cycling) – ‘Ten women on a Breeze return ride from Port Penrhyn to Llanfairfechan loved the new path.

In delivering a major upgrading of the A55 expressway, the opportunity has been taken to improve significantly Active Travel routing along the North Wales coast.

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales with key members of the Gwynedd CC project team.

At a ceremony on the 18th April 2023 Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales dedicated a plaque to the opening of what is clearly a statement of Welsh Government’s commitment to walking and cycling as key components of everyday journeys.  .

This Design and Build contract has provided over four kilometres  of new high quality active travel facilities with substantial protected security barriers adding to the comfort of walking and riding in parallel to this heavily trafficked A55 international highway.

In doing so this supports the principles of a low carbon society and at the same time removes seven gaps in the central reservation, previously allowed slow moving agricultural vehicles to cross the east and west borne carriageways into the path of oncoming traffic.

For local and touring cycling following the coastline this replaces the previously designated and challenging NCR5 ‘roman road’ route,  . A hazardous, narrow, hilly winding, single vehicle width lane, invariably heavily debris strewn, often flooded or icy in winter.  The improvements have also made safe an unsafe section of severely exposed  cycle path between Llanfairfechan and Abergwyngregin  (see pic below)

Related:- Earlier Temporary Cycle Route Diversion