The following announcement appeared on the Welsh Assembly website:
Plans to improve transport links between Anglesey and the mainland moved a step forward after Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones revealed the findings of a public consultation.
The three month consultation exercise into the future of the bridge, which carries the A55 from the mainland to Anglesey, asked the public for their views on the options for improvement. The majority of those who responded favoured a new bridge.
Speaking at the Anglesey Show, Mr Jones said:
The A55 provides the main economic artery for North Wales and links Ireland to the European continent – its enhancement and development is essential.
We gave the public an opportunity to have their say on the future of the Britannia Bridge and 70% have called for some form of new bridge.
I am announcing today an investigation into the technical options for a new bridge and to consider the environmental issues we face. This will look into what is possible and give us some broad cost estimates.
The 12 week consultation gave the public four options:
- Widening the Bridge
- New Multi Span Bridge
- New Single Span Bridge
- Taking no action
Of the 1000 respondents, 94% believed improvements were necessary, with 70% favouring a new bridge.
The Menai Strait was first bridged in 1829, with Thomas Telford’s famous suspension bridge. The Britannia Bridge was built by Robert Stephenson in 1850 to carry rail traffic. A road deck was added in the 1970's.
12 August 2008