A “SERIOUS CRASH” occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning (May 23), resulting in the closure of a section of the A55 near the Britannia Bridge. The incident, which took place shortly before 3:30 am, prompted the immediate response of the police, ambulance, and fire services.
North Wales Police promptly posted a notification on Facebook, stating, “A55 close eastbound at Llanfairpwll. There is no access to Britannia Bridge from Junction 8 – Benllech/Llanfair PG turning. Due to an ongoing incident. Likely to be closed for quite a while. Please avoid the area.”
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Later, the police force released an update, affirming, “We can confirm that the A55 Britannia Bridge is still closed in both directions and likely to remain so for some considerable time. Diversions are in place. Traffic under 7.5 tons can use the Menai Bridge, but all heavier traffic will be stacked until Britannia Bridge reopens.”
Traffic Wales took to Twitter to provide further information, tweeting, “#A55 is currently closed in both directions eastbound between J8 Ael y Bowl #Llanfairpwll to Britannia Bridge and westbound at J8A #MenaiBridge due to a serious collision. The road is likely to remain closed for some time. Please find an alternative route.”
In a subsequent tweet, the Welsh traffic agency added, “#A55 is closed eastbound between J8 Llanfairpwll-Britannia Bridge & westbound at J8A #MenaiBridge. Eastbound vehicles over 7.5t are being stacked in lane 2. Under 7.5t use #A5 Menai Suspension Bridge. Westbound traffic can still travel on A55 from J8/7 onwards.”
The Welsh Ambulance Service promptly dispatched an emergency ambulance, a duty officer, and a rapid response vehicle (RRV) to the scene upon receiving the call at 3:30 am.
The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service also responded to the incident, with two engines deployed—one from Menai Bridge and one from Bangor—after receiving the call at 3:36 am.
As of shortly before 8 am, the Inrix traffic monitoring service reported that the A55 stretch remained closed, causing traffic queues in the area.
The closure of the A55 near the Britannia Bridge has resulted in significant disruption and inconvenience for motorists. Authorities have advised drivers to seek alternative routes until the road reopens, with diversions in place to accommodate lighter vehicles via the Menai Bridge.
Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.