Motorist warned of delays on Britannia Bridge

MOTORISTS using the Britannia Bridge are being told to expect extra time for their journey again this morning.

Traffic Wales says delays of 18 minutes should be expected.

There have been delays for those leaving and entering Anglesey this week as the other Menai Strait crossing has been closed until 2023.

It comes as  people travelling over the Britannia Bridge are being encouraged to car share and use park and ride facilities at Gaerwen (LL60 6AR) and Llanfairpwll (LL61 5YR).

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A statement from Isle of Anglesey County Council said: “We encourage all travellers, especially during peak hours, to consider whether their journeys over the Britannia Bridge is essential.

“Your understanding, patience and co-operation is appreciated during this time. We await further updates from Welsh Government on the Menai Suspension Bridge which will be communicated with you as soon as possible.”

Menai Suspension Bridge closed to drivers at 2pm on Friday, October 21. It is expected to be closed until early next year. 

The decision to shut the bridge was made following recent testing of the bridges existing hangers. 

A spokesperson from the Welsh Government said: “As a result of further investigation, serious risks have been identified and structural engineers have recommended to close Menai Bridge to all traffic. The findings that led to the recommendation to close the bridge are currently being reviewed which could take up to two weeks. Available options to reopen the bridge as soon as possible are being actively assessed.

“Temporary hanger strengthening works may need to be installed to ensure the safety and integrity of the Menai Bridge.

“This programme could take between 14 to 16 weeks, with the bridge reopening in early 2023.

Traffic is being diverted to the Britannia Bridge.

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey