A55 Expressway. Tai’r Meibion to Abergwyngregyn -route diversion for cyclists

A North Wales based CyclingUK Advocacy team has been liaising with the agency team involved in this major highway upgrading project.

The following advice for cyclists and other non motor travellers has been issued on the 26th January 2021.

The ongoing major (trunk) road improvement works will require cycles to be diverted from the A55 dual carriageway onto the parallel NCN route 5.  We understand that the necessary traffic regulation order has been made and that it will be effective from 1st February 2021 or from when the necessary traffic signs are in place (whichever is the latter) and that it will last until the major road works are completed.

The prohibition affects the A55 between J11 (Llandygai))and J15 (Llanfairfechan). 

We have met today with a senior representative of the project team and have stressed the importance of diversionary signposting and of regular and frequent inspection and maintenance in order to ensure that the diversion route is adequately maintained and that it is fit for purpose at all times.  It would appear that the diversion will be effective as from 14th or 21st February (when the necessary signs are in place). 

So, in short, the message for cyclists is to avoid the A55 between J11 and J15 for the foreseeable future.  These roadworks provide for the construction of a new shared use path on the seaward side of the A55 which should, in the long term, enhance the facilities available for walkers and cyclists making journeys along the North Wales coast.

We believe this temporary diversion of cycles from the high speed dual carriageway whilst the roadworks are in progress is necessary and appropriate.’

John Mather

Cycle Advocacy Network, Cycling UK