|Posted by russellgeorge on October 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM|
(County Times 13th October)
AFTER months of frustration and delays the Welsh Assembly Government has finally announced a preferred route for Newtown’s bypass.
The orange route, the overwhelming favourite of the hundreds who attended last year’s exhibition, has been chosen, although crucially no start date has yet been revealed.
After postponing the announcement of the preferred route on three occasions Iuean Wyn Jones said he hoped the improvements would bring ‘much needed relief to the residents and businesses of Newtown’.
The Plaid Cymru AM also said the bypass is a key component of the country’s transport network and is of vital importance to the whole of Wales.
He said: “I am delighted to make this announcement as these improvements will provide some much needed relief to the residents and businesses of Newtown.
“This new bypass will not only improve journey time and reduce accidents but will also help further the economic development of the town.
“It’s also worth remembering that Newtown is situated on the very important north to south and east to west corridors of the A483 and A489 so this bypass is also of vital importance to the whole of Wales.”
However, optimism about the announcement has been tempered with several of Mid Wales leading politicians questioning when work will actually begin on the proposal.
Glyn Davies MP said: “I welcome that the Assembly Government has finally announced its preferred route but the important question remains. When will the construction start? We now need an urgent answer to that, and a second question is what can they do to help the traffic problems in the main town?
“The position of several local businesses is that they won’t survive until the bypass is built so I am still pressing for a meeting with Iuean Wyn Jones to discuss the matter.”
The Welsh Assembly says the next stage will be to appoint consultants and a contractor to undertake various surveys and preliminary design, including an Environmental Impact Assessment.
It will then seek statutory powers to start work on the new bypass.