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Roadworks on Welsh roads to be cleared for Christmas and New Year

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Projects will be completed or paused along the A55, M4 and all major trunk roads in the run up to the festive period, other than unscheduled emergency situations.

The Welsh Government is either bringing to a close or pausing any projects where it is safe to do so, that could cause disruption to our networks during what is normally one of the busiest times of the year.

People are being asked to be sensible and stay as close to home as possible this year in line with guidance and regulations. Ahead of essential journeys people are encouraged to check traffic conditions and make sure vehicles are roadworthy.

Research shows almost half of all breakdowns are caused by mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks – with nearly a quarter caused by tyre problems.

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates added:

“After this brief respite, we will be asking motorists in North Wales for their patience as we have to carry out essential works to the Glan Conwy Bridge near junction 19 on the A55. They are due to start on January 15th, programmed to last up to two weeks. As delays are possible I would urge you to plan any essential journeys carefully and visit the Traffic Wales website for the latest information.

“The large expansion joints at the eastern end of the bridge have reached the end of their operational life and must be replaced urgently to ensure motorists’ safety and to avoid the need for an emergency closures.

“We don’t carry out planned full closures of carriageways unless absolutely necessary, but the safety of the travelling public is paramount and this work needs to take place to ensure that.

“The dedicated team will be working in shifts 24 hours a day, and we urge motorists to bear with. Please stay on the A55 and avoid local roads to ensure traffic can flow as freely as possible.”