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Welsh Conservatives have criticised the lack of action from the Welsh Government on the A55 after the announcement of a further consultation into the section of road between Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr.

Improvements for the road have been long-promised by the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay, but have been continually delayed. Back in October 2015, the Welsh Government said it hoped to start the major construction scheme on the road in 2017.

Commenting on the latest news, North Wales AM, Mark Isherwood said:

“Once again the people of North Wales are being taken for a ride as the Welsh Labour Government rehashes yet another announcement.

“Progress on this part of the A55 was promised back in 2015 with construction set to start in 2017, yet some three years later we are still talking about consultations.

“We’ve seen little action to improve infrastructure in North Wales, with projects continually delayed and controversial routes for other schemes in Ewloe and Caernarfon also continually discussed, but alternative routes not constructed.

“Such delays have also besieged other projects in the region with a number of consultations over the past decade but little progress regarding the building of the 3rd Menai Crossing.

“From the Menai Crossing to the A55, communities across the region will rightly wonder whether North Wales will ever be a priority for investment by the Labour Government.�

Welsh Conservative Economy and Infrastructure spokesman, Russell George AM, said:

“Poor road infrastructure and heavy congestion is costing the North Wales economy tens of millions of pounds each year, with the A55 one of the primary causes of gridlock on our roads.

“Despite many promises from the Welsh Government, very little has been achieved.

“The A55 is an essential trunk road for businesses, freight and holiday-makers across the north, who’ve been let down time and time again.

“We need a government in Wales that is willing to deliver infrastructure which is fit for the 21st century.�