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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Welsh Government invests £20.8m in north Wales public transport

* Ken Skates MS.

The Welsh Government is investing £20.8 million in north Wales to improve public transport and encourage economic growth, the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates has said.

Local authorities were invited to submit proposals to the Welsh Government for local transport improvements in their areas that will help to deliver the priorities and ambitions of Wales’ Transport Strategy - Llwybr Newydd. These include:   

  • Addressing disruptions to the highway network caused by severe weather.   
  • Improving road safety   
  • Delivering walking and cycling routes   
  • Improving bus journey times and waiting facilities  
  • Delivering publicly available EV charging infrastructure 

The substantial support, which is designed to help local councils to improve transport in their area, includes funding for Active Travel and Safe Routes, Road Safety, EV charging facilities, road resilience, local transport and unadopted roads.   

In north Wales £20.8m will be invested in projects such as improving walking and cycling connections to Llandudno Station, a safer route to walk, scoot and cycle to Ysgol Treffynnon and Ysgol Maes Y Felin in Holywell and an active travel route connecting Holyhead Rail Station and Ferry Terminal with Penrhos employment and retail sites, the leisure centre, Parc Cybi and Trearddur Bay. Funding will also support Sherpa’r Wyddfa bus service around Eryri.   

Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates said: “These grants are a substantial investment to support sustainable local economic growth, enhance public transport facilities and create and improve routes that will enable and encourage more people in Wales to walk, wheel and cycle.  

“The projects are prime examples of the practical solutions we have asked local authorities to design in order to make it easier for residents to connect with their places of employment and businesses, and to do so more sustainably.”  

This funding also builds on allocations which have been made to different phases of some projects in previous years.   

Denbighshire programme: 

Active travel fund

Core allocation of £500,000, plus:

  • £130,000 for Corwen to Cynwyd active travel route

Safe routes in communities

  • £63,000 for School Street study, year 2

Road safety

  • £94,000 for implementation of 20mph speed limit
  • £53,350 for National Standards Cycle Training
  • £13,740 for Bike Safe motorcyclist training (regional bid)
  • £1,672 for Pass Plus driver training
  • £1,020 for Mature Driver training for ages 65 and over

Local transport fund

  • £275,000 for North Wales Metro T8 service: Corwen, Ruthin, Mold, Chester  

Resilient roads fund

  • £750,000 for Pont Llannerch replacement bridge

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