Election 2015 Wales

Election 2015: Plaid calls for arts and finance 'capitals'

Leanne Wood
Image caption Leanne Wood says she wants to open up opportunities for towns and cities across Wales

Welsh towns and cities should be designated arts, culture and finance "capitals" to boost investment, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said.

She said the concept, modelled on the existing UK City of Culture scheme, will be in the party's manifesto for next year's assembly election.

In a speech in Bangor, Ms Wood also committed Plaid to improving north Wales transport links.

Ensuring access to superfast broadband was also a priority, she said.

Transport plans include electrification of the north Wales railway line and building a third bridge over the Menai Strait.

Spreading 'success'

Ms Wood said a Plaid Cymru Welsh government would introduce a "Northern Powerhouse Bill", to ensure incomes and job creation rates in north Wales matched those for Wales as a whole.

"Our vision is for population centres across Wales and especially in the north to benefit from being Welsh capitals of culture, arts, or finance, for example, on a permanent or roving basis - such as the model for UK City of Culture - or along the lines of the model in France, where towns and regions become known for being home to a specific area of expertise or significant national importance," she said.

"By opening up opportunities for towns and cities across Wales, we can spread the prospects for all communities to benefit from Wales' national success."

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