ARFON politicians are calling for government officials to stop "dithering" over a decision to build a new bypass between Caernarfon and Bontnewydd.

In October, the Welsh Labour Government said it would consider a report and make a final decision by the winter - but a decision has still not been made.

In a joint statement Plaid Cymru AM Siân Gwenllian and MP Hywel Williams said any "further dithering would be unacceptable."

However, the government said in a statement on Tuesday, that it was in "nobody's interest" to rush the decision without considering "the huge number of submissions in favour and against the proposals."

It said the decision would be made in the spring after it "carefully considers" all the findings and recommendations from the Public Local Inquiry.

The AM and MP said: "Given the Caernarfon bypass has been on the agenda for years, with a number of promises made and broken in the past, many of our constituents are understandably frustrated with perennial delays to the work.

"The bypass is already two years behind schedule. We were told by the Welsh Labour Government that a decision would be taken in the New Year. Well, the New Year has long since passed and we are still waiting for an announcement. The Caernarfon bypass is an important project for the area.

"In the long term it will ease the scourge of traffic congestion in the historic town centre, encouraging business growth and prosperity. In the short term it will provide hundreds of jobs and 40 apprenticeships.’

"The contractors are ready to start. But in order for that work schedule to be met, the Welsh Government must get its act together and confirm a start date without any further delay. Any further dithering would be unacceptable."

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "We are considering carefully the findings and recommendations of the Inspector’s report received following the Public Local Inquiry.

"It is essential and absolutely right that sufficient consideration is given to all the evidence and dealing with such a volume of correspondence as part of the statutory process inevitably takes time to fully evaluate. "It would be deeply disrespectful and in nobody’s interest to rush to a decision without considering the huge number of submissions in favour and against the proposals. A decision on this scheme will be made during the spring."