Wales politics

£30m transport grants 'boost jobs, growth and safety'

Cycling and driving in Cardiff
Image caption Cycling will be promoted as an alternative to cars in several schemes

Job opportunities and road safety will be boosted by more than £30m worth of grants to local transport schemes in Wales, the economy secretary has said.

Ken Skates said the cash would also promote walking and cycling and tackle congestion.

The money will help fund more than 100 local projects across Wales.

He said it was "very pleasing" that many fed directly into "key transport priorities" such as the proposed metro systems in north and south Wales.

Grants have been made to projects in all 22 council areas of Wales following applications for funding.

Major schemes being backed include:

  • Anglesey - More than £2m for Llangefni link road
  • Caerphilly - £1.5m for A468/A469 Pwyllypant roundabout improvement
  • Carmarthenshire - £1,5m to develop A48 Cross Hands Economic Link and £1m to boost walking and cycling routes
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff - £1.5m for Cynon Gateway South including new east-west highway
  • Pembrokeshire - £1.2m for Fishguard town centre access improvements
  • Newport - £1m to improve walking and cycling routes from the north to the centre of the city

Mr Skates said he was "delighted with the range of schemes I've been able to announce today and commend the high quality of applications we received across these grants".

"It's also very pleasing that a number of these projects feed directly into some of our key transport priorities such as North East and South Wales Metros, improved local bus services and better choices for communities," he added.

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