To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made as to the relative long-term consequences for the future development of Clwyd, South-West and north Wales generally of (a) improvement of the A5 and (b) completion of the A55.
The A55 is of considerable importance to the whole economy of north Wales. Its improvement will provide added incentives to tourism and industry and bring substantial traffic relief benefits to communities on the existing road. The A5 will also continue to have an important role. But bearing in mind that it passes through the Snowdonia national park and that traffic patterns may well be modified when work on the A55 is complete, our present policy for it is to limit improvement to relieving pressure points.