North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent

The North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent (Welsh: Asiant Cefnffyrdd Gogledd a Chanolbarth Cymru) (NMWTRA) is responsible for managing trunk roads in north and mid Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government. Both the North Wales Trunk Road Agency and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency was established on 1 April 2006, and by 1 April 2012 the two bodies merged and renamed to become the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent. The North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent is responsible for the trunk roads in 8 Local Authorities Anglesey, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd (Lead Authority), Powys, and Wrexham.

Trunk road agent in Wales
North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent
Type Welsh Government agency
Industry Highway Authority
Founded 1 April 2012 (2012-04-01)
Headquarters Llys Britannia
Parc Menai
Bangor
Key people
David Cooil (Head of Service)
Owner Welsh Government
Website www.nmwtra.org.uk/en/

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Prior to the North Wales Trunk Road Agency and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency being established, motorways and trunk roads in Wales were managed by the Ministry of Transport, later being taken on by the Welsh Office. The National Assembly for Wales took responsibility for devolved powers on 1 July 1999,[1] as part of this process, transport was transferred from the Parliament of the United Kingdom to the National Assembly for Wales and with it responsibility for the trunk road network, including motorways.[2] Responsibility for the management of highways in Wales is split between the Welsh Government and local highway agencies. The Welsh Government is responsible for trunk roads and motorways, whilst the 22 local authorities are responsible for all other highways.

In 2001 the Welsh Government reviewed the way in which trunk roads and motorways were being managed,[3] and by September 2004,[3] they had decided to reduce the number of trunk road agencies from eight down to three.[3] The three new agencies including the South Wales Trunk Road Agency (SWTRA), North Wales Trunk Road Agency (NWTRA) and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency (MWTRA).[3] Both the North Wales Trunk Road Agency and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency was established on 1 April 2006, and by 1 April 2012 the two bodies merged and were renamed to become the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent. The North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent is responsible for the trunk roads in 8 Local Authorities, on behalf of Isle of Anglesey County Council, Ceredigion County Council, Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd Council, Powys County Council, and Wrexham County Borough Council. Gwynedd Council acts as the Lead Authority for NMWTRA is managed through the Trunk Road Management Unit (TRMU) who manage and maintains the trunk road network on behalf of the Welsh Government.[4]

As of April 2015, out of a total of 34,495 kilometres (21,434 mi) of roads in Wales, 1,576 kilometres (979 mi) are trunk roads.[5] Of the 1,576 km of trunk roads in Wales, the NMWTRA manages 1,100 kilometres (680 mi) of which 175 kilometres (109 mi) is dual carriageway.[6]

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