Stop the Red Route Road Scheme in Flintshire

Help save Leadbrook Woods and Meadows

Take part in Welsh

Please help us see a Wilder Future for Leadbrook Woods and Meadows and the people of Wales by supporting our Open Letter to Ken Skates, the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales and to Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales.

The proposed 'Red Route' highway project is a 13km dual carriageway in Flintshire that will link to the A55 corridor in North Wales. This development would damage or destroy wildlife habitats such as ancient woodland, wildflower-rich meadows, old hedgerows and threaten species including bats, owls, badgers and great crested newts. 

Our Open Letter has been penned by farmers, business people, homeowners, local politicians of all parties as well as lovers of the landscape and wildlife of the Leadbrook Woods and Meadows area. We are urging the Welsh Government to drop its plan for the construction of this new four-lane highway, which would go straight through an ancient and beautiful landscape, destroying the countryside we love and harming businesses and livelihoods.

Send your message today

We encourage you to add any additional comments you may have about this proposal - simply type into the box. Your message will be displayed on the next page and will be sent to both Ministers, as well as to your Members of the Senedd if you live in Wales.

We would really appreciate hearing any responses from the Ministers, or from your Members of the Senedd. Please let us know at info@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk

More about the Red Route and tips for your own message

This is by far the largest new highway proposal in the whole of Wales. 

Is a new highway the only option?

The Welsh Government claims to have undertaken adequate research into the traffic modelling and appraisal processes and has chosen to continue with plans for a new road. Whilst we recognise that there are problems at times with congestion in this area, we are not convinced that this solution will address the problems; we are confident that they could be addressed using imaginative sustainable solutions that do not require the creation of this new road and instead, help us build a more resilient Wales. 

What would the impact of the new highway be?

The new dual carriageway would:

  • cause irreparable damage to our wildlife and landscape heritage - ripping through ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and old hedgerows, right across the landscape
  • Threaten native species such as bats, owls, great crested newts and badgers
  • Destroy massive areas of precious farmland - including an award-winning organic farm - and destroy viable farm holdings
  • Damage businesses and livelihoods, which are already suffering as a result of the Covid pandemic
  • Sever and damage local communities


The Route of the Red Route: (opens a PDF from Wales Government website)

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Add your name to our letter

Please support our open letter to Ken Skates, the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, and to the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford. If you live in Wales, please also send a message to your Members of the Senedd (click the button when prompted).

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