Working in the Welsh Assembly, the Liberal Democrats today announced that they have secured a commitment from the Minister to readdress the current state of the Llanymynech bypass and begin rebuilding a cross-border relationship to drive the project forward.
In 2001 the Minister Sue Essex made a joint announcement with the UK Minister for Transport, John Spellar, which confirmed the go-ahead for design of the bypass on the A483 but since then progress has collapsed due to cross boarder issues.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Montgomeryshire, Jane Dodds, said:
“I have to travel through the area regularly to visit family and I know that the traffic conditions are appalling at times.
“I do worry about the potential harm to local residents as a result of some of the speeding traffic which moves through the village. The noise and air pollution are also very real problems for those who live there.
“A bypass for Llanymynech and Pant has been in the works in one form or another since 1972. The A483 is one of the primary trunk roads towards Wrexham and Chester; I think it is about time that we took the steps to finally put one in place for the good of commuters, tourists, and local residents.”
William Powell AM, Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, commented:
“I am delighted that this commitment by the Minister, Edwina Hart AM, will give new life to this very difficult issue for the people living in Llanymynych and Pant. I have worked on this both as Chair of the Petitions Committee and as an Assembly Member for Powys.”
Access to homes, hospitals, jobs and tourism are all affected by the severe holdups on this piece of the A483. We must now make sure both sides of the border sign up to progressing a long term solution to this.”
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