Construction of vital highway link gets under way2nd Mar 2018

Work on the final section of a vital link road has been started by Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK.

The design and build contract is for the fourth phase of Llangefni Link Road, in the centre of the island of Anglesey.

The scheme includes 600m of new carriageway and construction of a new roundabout.

The highway will link into the recently completed roundabout on the A5114 and Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate.

The link road is a key part of an Anglesey master-plan to redevelop the Llangefni campus of Coleg Llandrillo Menai to become an internationally renowned energy and engineering training facility.

The improved infrastructure will help the college to expand its campus, as well as mitigate the impact of traffic in Llangefni town centre. It will also improve access to Anglesey Enterprise Zone businesses.

Ecological and archaeological investigations are currently under way as the first stage of Jones Bros’ contract. This forms part of the pre-construction preparatory works.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April and the scheme has a completion date of November 2018.

Jones Bros regional manager, North Wales & the North West, Hefin Lloyd Davies, said: “We’ll be building the new roundabout offline which means it will be constructed before linking to the live carriageway. The other element of the project is to reconstruct the existing Parc Cefni roundabout.

“One of our main challenges will be to manage the complex traffic management systems around work on the live carriageway to ensure minimal disruption to road users while meeting our construction programme.

“We understand how important it is to local residents and businesses to be able to continue with their usual daily routines during these vital improvements.”

Highways, Waste and Property portfolio holder, Councillor Bob Parry, added, “When completed, the new link road will provide Llangefni with the foundation to enable future development for significant economic growth, and allow the town to fulfil its potential as a strategic employment and education hub for the wider region.

“I’d also like to thank the Welsh Government for its continued support for the link road project, and for recognising its strategic importance in the wider context for Anglesey.”

The link road project as a whole has received funding from the Welsh Government, Isle of Anglesey County Council, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Jones Bros has grown significantly in the last decade. In addition to waste management, it is currently working on contracts in various sectors including highways, flood and marine defence, and renewable energy projects around the UK.