Posted: Fri 22nd Oct 2021

Over a 100 Flintshire residents and businesses sign open letter of support for Welsh Government freeze on Red Route road scheme

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 22nd, 2021


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More than 100 Flintshire residents, businesses and local politicians have joined forces to sign an open letter of support for the Welsh Government’s decision put the ‘Red Route’ – a new road from the Flintshire Bridge to the A55 – on hold for a review.

In June, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters a freeze on new road building projects, whilst a review of highway schemes across Wales was carried out.

Ministers want to study the impact that road traffic has on climate change and all proposed schemes will be reviewed by an expert panel.

The move will impact the so called Deeside Red Route scheme, a new 12km two-lane dual carriageway linking the A55 at Northop with the A494 and A550 north of Deeside Parkway Junction via the Flintshire Bridge.

The red route would see traffic diverted from Aston Hill, where air pollution is high because of the number of lorries and cars.

An expert panel consisting of climate change and transport specialists from across the UK and led by Dr Lynn Sloman MBE, a transport consultant based in Wales will now carry out a review and a final report will be published next summer.

The letter of support was sent earlier this week to Lee Waters MS and was  organised by community group STAMP. 

Signatories include Llyr Gruffydd MS (Plaid Cymru) and local businesses, farmers and residents, who fear their lives, homes and livelihoods would be devastated by the building of the road. 

The Welsh Government has said that money saved by not building new roads will be used to improve existing infrastructure, helping to create new bus and cycle lanes that give people a meaningful alternative choice for travel.

But Mark Tami, MP for Alyn and Deeside slammed the decision to freeze the Red Route scheme, earlier this year he said: “The red route is clearly the only option which is going to reduce air pollution in Aston, Higher Shotton, Queensferry and Sealand.”

“This has to be the Welsh Government’s number one priority here.”

“The impact of these fumes being spewed out next to homes, shops and schools is awful. Children’s health must come first.”

“What the Welsh Government are promising is a long term solution, but the children along the Aston Hill can’t wait for the long term when they’re breathing dangerously polluted air now.”

“Building the red route doesn’t mean junking carbon cut targets at all, but it does mean taking action now to protect children’s health and I have yet to hear anyone argue convincingly that there is something more important than that.”

“The message from me is clear – I back the red route and the Welsh Government needs to turn around and make it happen, fast.”

 

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