NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 27th, 2018.
Work is set to start on a section of what Flintshire County Council calls its “strategic transport vision” with the construction of cycleway and bus stop infrastructure on Zone 3 of Deeside Enterprise Zone.
Funded by the Welsh Government, the work will include a cycle route to every business on the zone, new bus stop infrastructure including new shelters, regulated on street parking and a one way system.
The work being undertaken by Roadway Civil Engineering Ltd is due to start on Monday 5 March and last for around 12 weeks.
The council says that access to individual properties and businesses will be maintained “although short delays may be encountered” and it apologises “for any delay and disruption that may be caused as a consequence of this work.”
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Transportation, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:
“I am delighted that we are moving forward with the transport vision for Flintshire and North Wales to connect people to this important area of employment.
This is one of many exciting schemes in the pipeline which will integrate all modes of transport to promote a sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly public transport service.
This key stage in the plan demonstrates the commitment to the transport network from the current administration working with Welsh Government.
Moving forward we will be looking for opportunities from all areas to link in through sustainable transport solutions.”
With 400 businesses employing in the region of 9,000 people – Deeside Industrial Park has become one of the key economic driving forces in Wales yet businesses say they struggle to recruit and retain staff due to the lack of an effective transport system into the park.
Worsening traffic congestion in the industrial park and along the Deeside corridor have been identified in recent studies as a key factor limiting further growth.
‘Deeside Integrated Transport solution’ links to the wider North East Wales Metro plan launched by the Welsh Government.
As well as construction of the A494/A55 – The ‘Red Route’ which has now entered the planning phase, the Welsh Government has already agreed to back the Deeside Parkway rail station scheme adjacent to the existing A548, it will be linked to a rail, road and bus hub including a ‘Park/Rail and Ride’ facility.
As well as the dedicated cycleways on all main roads within the park, secure cycle parking is also proposed at the hubs, seamless links to a proposed new Deeside Parkway Railway Station and Garden City Bus Hub.