Wales sets out a five year transport vision

July 22 2015  

Wales sets out a five year transport vision
Major highway improvements to east-west corridors along both the north and south coasts of Wales are promised as part of a new Welsh national transport plan.
 
Transport Minister Edwina Hart said the five year plan will focus on strengthening resilience of the trunk road and motorway network, particularly along the A55 and M4.
 
On the A55, road widening and junction improvements are planned at sites between Bangor and Conway. A third crossing of the Menai Strait into Anglesey will also be investigated to improve access to Holyhead port.
 
On the M4 plans for a new section of motorway will be progressed around the south of Newport.
 
The plan also promises a new road crossing in Machynlleth and commits to completing improvements to the A465 Heads of the Valley route.
 
“We have consulted a great deal and have tried to look at the plan in the context of delivering it within budget at a time of cuts to public expense,” Ms Hart told Transportation Professional last Thursday. “I hope people will be broadly pleased with it.”
 
She added that the projects listed in the plan reflect an “ambitious investment programme for Wales” and a range of additional financial sources have been identified including the European Structural Funds and Ten-T programme.
 
The transport plan also gives details of public transport improvements such as the Cardiff capital region metro, sets out reform of bus quality standards and proposes a new franchise agreement for train services in the Wales and Borders region.
 
(Photo: Kyle M Westwood / Arup)

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