A CALL to improve capacity on the A55 expressway, which is the lifeblood of the North Wales economy, has been made by Darren Millar AM.

He said its lack of capacity is one of the reasons the North Wales economy has suffered in recent years.

In the Senedd Mr Millar asked First Minister Mark Drakeford to invest in the A55. He said: “Given the fact you have decided to no longer to spend significant sums of money on the M4 relief road, will you look at investing in our key artery in North Wales, the A55 to ensure it is fit for purpose and it can cope with the increasing traffic we're seeing in North Wales as a result of people being attracted to come and visit us and to do business there?”

Mr Drakeford said the Welsh Government would: “Continue to invest significantly in transport infrastructure in North Wales”.

Mr Millar added: “The A55 is the is the lifeblood of the North Wales economy. Using the A55 to get to work is becoming an increasingly arduous battle for North Wales commuters.

“Also, it is not giving a good impression of North Wales. Instead of a welcome in the hillside, tourists are all too often greeted with traffic jams and long delays which ruin the start of their holidays and risk them choosing alternative locations to stay in the future." He added that people are fed up with holdups and it is high time the Welsh Government listened to their complaints and invested in the A55.