Wales: £78m investment in local transport announced

11.00 | 6 December | | 3 comments

Active travel links, electric car charging facilities and road improvement projects will all benefit from new funding announced by the Welsh Government on 4 December.

The £78m has been drawn from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and will be allocated in £26m instalments over the next three financial years.

All 22 local authorities in Wales who made bids for funding will receive an allocation, totalling approximately £34m.

Projects across Wales that will benefit from additional funding include:

  • Cardiff – active travel to schools (£742k)
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff – active travel package (£640k)
  • Pembrokeshire – installation of electric car charging facilities (£168k)
  • Cardiff – on street cycle hire (£796k)
  • Abergavenny – town centre walking and cycling improvements (£435k)

The Welsh Government says it has worked with local authorities to ensure schemes provide good value for money and meet transport and economic priorities.  

Ken Skates, Wales’ transport secretary, said: “These schemes have the potential to make a massive difference to people’s everyday lives, with improvements to transport networks, infrastructure and cycle lanes making it easier to choose active and sustainable travel.

“These projects support our ambitions to provide a modern and connected transport infrastructure, whilst further boosting our efforts to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

“This funding could also prove a shot in the arm to the Welsh economy by making it easier for people to travel for both business and leisure.”


 

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    Little comfort there for motorcyclists I am afraid. Going back a couple of years ago public monies was spent on several initiatives to keep motorcyclists safer. I wondered if there was anything more to report on them or have they just disappeared into the ether.


    R.Craven
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    I think you may be forgiven for assuming that as it appears the minister is so pre-occupied with Active travel that he forgot to mention road safety. Funding for road casualty reduction schemes and road safety education are in there as two of funding streams.


    Pat, Wales
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    It will meet ‘transport and economic requirements’ ‘Encourage healthy and active lifestyles’ and ‘easier travel for both business and leisure’ All very good and laudable and to some degree a financial reward down the line but, none really to actually reduce the carnage on our roads. Millions being spent but nothing to mitigate the hundreds of deaths and thousands of injured on our road network that need sorting out.

    I would therefore not consider this a matter concerning Road Safety.


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