A ROUTE has been chosen for a long-awaited Dinas Powys bypass. bypass between Cardiff and Barry.

Vale of Glamorgan Council has announced a route for the bypass between Cardiff and Barry that it will take forward into an outline business case.

The route would run from the east of Dinas Powys connecting with the A4055 at Cardiff Road and the Merrie Harrier Junction and may include a new roundabout to connectivity to Murch Road.

Improvements to public transport and cycling and walking routes are also being considered.

Vale of Glamorgan council’s ruling body on April 15 approved plans to progress exclusively with the route, known as the ‘Green and Pink Route,’ into the Welltag stage two process – which involves preparing an outline business case to the Welsh Government.

The council had been considering a route for the bypass which connects the Merrier Harrier junction to the B4267 Sully Moors Road and Hayes Road roundabout, known as the ‘Blue Route,’ but this has now been dropped from the process.

The council’s cabinet also agreed to ask the Welsh Government for £80,000 to complete the Welltag stage two work but the council would seek “alternative sources of funding” if Cardiff Bay does not provide the money.

A public consultation would be held before a full business case is put together.

Emma Reed, the council’s head of neighbourhood services and transport, said at a council meeting on March 7 that a 12-week consultation could be launched before the summer break in August.

The meeting on April 15 heard the Dinas Powys Bypass Steering Group sent an email to the cabinet two weeks ago asking them to suspend the decision.

But council leader John Thomas said the cabinet should make the decision as “we have not heard anything since”.

“If we don’t get on with it it’s going to be further delays,” he said.