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More than £100m to improve public transport and support economic growth

Active travel

More than £100 million is being invested in improving public transport and encourage economic growth, the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport, Ken Skates has said.

Wales’ 22 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.

EV charger

Projects to benefit from this investment include improvements to walking and cycling connections to Llandudno station, funding for the Haverfordwest bus interchange, investment in route safety in Llanidloes and support for bus corridors in Cardiff.

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.

“These 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.