BBC News
Launch consoleBBC News in video and audio
Last Updated: Friday, 16 November 2007, 11:57 GMT
Support for new Anglesey bridge
Britannia bridge
The Britannia Bridge has seen traffic increase 21% in five years
Anglesey councillors have backed the building of a new bridge to help ease traffic problems over the Menai Strait.

They agreed to support option seven out of eight choices put forward, amid concerns about growing congestion.

The development, infrastructure, and resources committee was told the cost would be an estimated 120m.

However, any decision on which scheme would finally be adopted would lie with the Welsh Assembly Government, and not the council.

Engineers were asked to examine ways of easing problems across the Britannia Bridge carrying the A55 over the water.

Councillors threw their weight behind the option of a parallel bridge to carry eastbound traffic off the island with two lanes, and a footpath/cycleway.

It would be built on the eastern side of the current bridge. Abutments, or supports, would have to be constructed within a conservation area in the Menai Strait.

The bridge would have a speed limit of 60mph.

All the options in the engineer's feasibility study will be put out to public consultation.

VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
Frustrated drivers talk about the traffic chaos



SEE ALSO
Anglesey bridge options reviewed
15 Nov 07 |  North West Wales
Bridge museum plan a step closer
06 Feb 07 |  North West Wales
Extra lane plan for island bridge
09 Nov 05 |  North West Wales

RELATED BBC LINKS



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific