£25m to improve public transport across Wales

Cars and lorries on a motorway
Image caption Carl Sargeant wants "a safer and more sustainable transport network across Wales"

Transport Minister Carl Sargeant has announced a £25m grant to improve public transport across Wales.

The money will be divided between four regional transport consortia to support travel plans and improve road safety.

The south east Wales consortium (Sewta) will receive £10.6m, south west Wales(SWWITCH) £5.7m, north Wales (Taith) £5.6m and mid Wales (TraCC) will get £3.1m.

Mr Sargeant said he expected the consortia to "use this money wisely".

The groups represent local authorities for their regions and previously submitted regional transport plans to the Welsh government.

In south east Wales, more than £2.5m will be spent on improving "bus reliability, punctuality and journey times between Pontypridd and Cardiff".

Another £900,000 will improve Newport bus station, while £60,000 will help develop a park and ride scheme at Chepstow.

In south west Wales, £700,000 will go towards improving the Waterston bypass, while £450,000 will develop a bus corridor between Port Talbot and Swansea, and £50,000 will improve Llanelli Railway Station.

In north Wales, £750,000 will go towards improvements at Llandudno railway station and £250,000 to develop the Vale of Clwyd cycle route in Ruthin.

Another £300,000 will help create a walking and cycling path at Lon Deheuol Llyn.

In mid Wales, £939,000 is allocated for the Pont Briwet bridge replacement scheme at Penrhyndeudraeth, while £300,000 will help improve the Aberystwyth Passenger Transport Gateway.

Another £240,000 will go towards improving the A493 Aberdyfi to Machynlleth road.

Mr Sargeant said: "We're committed to developing integrated transport throughout Wales and this funding will enable local authorities to deliver improvements to the transport infrastructure in their region.

"I expect the consortia to use this money wisely and help create a safer and more sustainable transport network across Wales."

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