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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 January, 2004, 16:27 GMT
'Deprived' town bridges job gap
An artist's impression of the Celtic Gateway link bridge
Holyhead hopes to raise its economic profile and create jobs

Work is about to begin on a 6.2m scheme to improve Holyhead's transport links and transform its struggling economy.

The project will start with the building of a new causeway bridge across the Anglesey town's harbour, creating a direct pedestrian and cycling link between Market Street, the railway station and port.

A second phase will see the construction of another bridge, to be known as the Celtic Gateway.

Anglesey council says the project will make the town centre more accessible to port users, increase visitor numbers and expenditure within the town and surrounding area and help business and jobs.

They expect it to benefit the economy from the 2.4m people who pass through the ferry port each year.

Councillor Gareth Winston Roberts, who looks after economic development, said: "The new Celtic Gateway will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of north Wales' most deprived town and provide an attractive introduction to Wales from Ireland, improving the town's image among international passengers and potential investors."

The project will also create a link between Morawelon and the town centre.

The news is on top of the creation of 200 jobs - part of an 11m investment - planned over the next year.

Plans include a McDonald's restaurant, an 8m retail park, and Danish supermarket group Netto's want to open a new store.

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