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The A55 is important locally, nationally and internationally. It provides the main economic artery for North Wales and forms part of the route Euro 22 on the Trans European Road network. Britannia Bridge is the only section within the UK that is not dual carriageway, and this acts as a significant bottleneck to commuter and holiday traffic.
The aims of the scheme are to:
Consultants AECOM and RML have been appointed to undertake a route selection study with a view to selecting a preferred route for the crossing. The presentation will explain the work undertaken through study and how the options have been selected for the public consultation.
Following the presentation a Q&A and discussion session will be held, providing a good opportunity to ensure any consultation responses are fully informed.
Peris is the Welsh Government's Project Director responsible for delivering major trunk road improvement schemes in north and mid Wales including the 3rd Menai Crossing Study.
Paul is the AECOM Highways Lead and Solutions Lead for the 3rd Menai Crossing project, based in the AECOM office in Altrincham. He is also the AECOM Project Manager and Highways Lead for the A55/A494/A548 Deeside Corridor Improvement Key Stage 2, for which the Welsh Government made a Preferred Route announcement in autumn last year. Paul's background is mainly in highways and drainage; other significant highways projects include the M1 Widening J10-13 and the N8 (now M8) Cullahill to Cashel project in Ireland.
Kandiah has over 40 years of experience in the analysis, design and construction support of a wide range of bridges in concrete, steel and advanced composite materials including arch, balanced cantilever, cable supported, segmental and moving type of bridges. He has been responsible for the development of a number of bridge projects from feasibility through to commissioning and has led many high profile award winning and landmark bridges within the UK and overseas.
Highways, Heavy rail and Light rail project experience include the precast and cast in-situ concrete bridges, steel plate girder and composite bridges on M7/M8 Portaloise to Castletown, M4 Junction 11 improvement and M3 Clonee to North of Kells; development of segmental construction using overhead launching gantry for viaducts on Riyadh Metro and Singapore LRT; detailed design and assessment of structures for the Docklands Light Railway Upgrade (UK); detailed design of full span-by-span launching construction for Taiwan High Speed Railway; Parliamentary Approval design for Glasgow Airport Rail Link.
Project experience of long span cable-stayed and suspension bridges include River Usk Crossing, main span of 500m; Tender design of Third Bosphorus Bridge, main span of 1400m; The Peace Bridge, main span of 100m; Independent Checking of Queensferry Crossing, main spans 650m; Sowah Bridge, 165m spans; Outline design and Specification for Izmit Crossing, main span 1640m.
Kandiah has specialist experience within the company for providing advice on long span bridges, aerodynamics, ship impact analysis and seismic designs.
Country Experience include UK, US, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, South Africa and high seismic areas such as Turkey, Portugal, Indonesia, Greece and Taiwan.
Stephen is the Environmental Co-ordinator for the study team. He has been with Richards, Moorehead & Laing Ltd since 1990 and works on EIA for highways, industrial and minerals projects throughout Wales. His background is in landscape management and land reclamation.