Traffic Chaos on A55


Furious motorists found themselves stuck in queues up to 13 miles long on Sunday after roadworks began on the expressway near Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Drivers were caught in huge tailbacks from Junction 16 Dwygyfylchi to Junction 23 Llanddulas.

The problems were caused by the work on a new crossover between Juntion 23 Llanddulas and Junction 22 Old Colwyn as well as on-going work at the Conwy Tunnel.

The outer lanes are due to be closed in both directions between Junction 22 and Junction 23 until April 5.

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates tweeted “Roadworks on the A55 are banned from Easter until Autumn unless there’s an emergency repair needed”

The work is scheduled to last until April 5.


Pollution Fears as Ship Runs Aground.

cargo ship running aground which has closed The A55 between Old Colwyn and  Llanddulais on Thursday 
Photo Robert Parry Jones

FUEL is leaking from a cargo ship that ran aground in Llandulas– leading to fears it could be a serious pollution risk.

Strong winds and rough seas  hampered efforts to secure the ship, which is carrying around 40,000 litres of fuel.

Rescuers were alerted to the incident when a distress call was received by Coastguards at 8.15pm on Tuesday. Two lifeboats and two helicopters were involved in the dramatic rescue of the seven Polish crew members.

So watch out for hold ups on the A55 as the salvage effort gets underway.

A55 Roadworks A Joke!


The continuing roadworks on the A55, which are causing such long tailbacks, are getting beyond a joke.

This is the sentiment expressed by North Wales Tourism chairman Chris Jackson who is calling for a review of the maintenance programme, saying they are currently occurring with too much frequency.

I know only too well what he is talking about. Only the other day I sat for almost an hour on a bus between Llandulas and Abergele! The A55 was backed up all the way to the Llandulas slip road.

It is causing problems for many people. A lady was traveling to pick up her Grandson from Nursery School and was delayed by over 25 minutes which meant that the little boy was left waiting at the school. Other commuters talk about having to wait well over half an hour for buses which are supposed to be  every twelve minutes.

I felt sorry for a controller at Rhyl Station, called Ian, who was trying stoically to organise buses that were coming in in twos and threes instead of one at a time.

The problem is that the maintenance schedule for the next 12 months has been published, and shows work stretching from Bangor in Gwynedd to the Flintshire-Cheshire border. So it looks like no end in sight for hold ups!