Advanced drainage improvement works are being accelerated on the A55 in order to help reduce the risk of future flooding on the carriageway, Welsh Labour’s First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced.
Extra funding of £0.5m is being provided to ensure the work can start in the autumn this year, subject to agreement with the landowners. The accelerated advanced drainage work will be between junctions 12 and 13 on land adjacent to the carriageway and was originally part of the extensive Abergwyngregyn to Tai’r Meibion scheme. It can now be completed 12 months ahead of schedule, subject to agreement with the landowners.
Planning work has already begun on the project which will involve the construction of earth bunds, ditches and channels to take flood water into the existing water courses. This will help prevent flood water from entering onto the A55. Culverts will also be upgraded to prevent blockages during heavy rainfall.
The First Minister will also confirm that work on the separate Tal-y-bont flood alleviation scheme is due to begin this spring and is expected to be completed before next winter. The £1.9m project is funded by the Welsh Labour Government.