Substantial investment to improve public transport and support economic growth announced by Welsh Government
£30 million is set to be invested in improving public transport and encouraging economic growth, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has announced.
Wales’ 22 local authorities were invited to submit proposals to Welsh Government’s Local Transport Grant funding to deliver projects which will:
- support economic priorities for jobs and growth
- reduce economic inactivity by delivering safe and affordable access to education, key services and employment, particularly for those living in disadvantaged or rural communities
- connect communities
- encourage active and sustainable travel
- improve public transport reliability and reduce journey times
Following assessment of the applications, Transport Minister, Ken Skates has announced:
- £22.6 million will be allocated to 21 projects across 15 local authorities which enable improvement in economic activity, improve access to employment, encourage healthier travel modes and connect communities.
- £3.531 million will be allocated to the North Wales Metro project to deliver 10 schemes across 4 local authorities.
- £4.1 million will be allocated to support 17 schemes across 13 local authorities to ease bus congestion and delays on strategic public transport corridors.
Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates said:
These grants stand as a substantial investment to improve local public transport provision and support local economic growth as we work to aid the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
I’m particularly encouraged that these schemes include improvements to encourage more people in Wales to walk and cycle, particularly as we know that active travel will be more important than ever as we work to manage the spread of this contagious disease.
The grants will see over £20 million being invested in improving integrated public transport. This includes £3.6 million to begin construction of the new bus interchange in Merthyr Tydfil, something I’m very keen to see progress.
In north Wales I am committing over £2.2 million to deliver a better, more efficient service for passengers by improving bus journey times and passenger facilities in Flintshire, and to that end a further £380,000 in the Conwy Council area.
Our flagship North Wales Metro project, a key part of this government’s programme to provide a more integrated and efficient transport system for the region, will also receive a £3.5 million boost.
Latest News from
Stay local to keep Wales safe: changes to the lockdown announced29/05/2020 13:25:00
Plans to allow family and friends to meet outside have been unveiled by First Minister Mark Drakeford as the strict stay-at-home coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations are eased in Wales.
Wales' critical care for coronavirus in numbers29/05/2020 09:05:00
Critical care has played a crucial – and often life-saving – role in the treatment of people who have been seriously ill after contracting coronavirus in Wales.
Welsh Government announce new £20 million fund to transform homelessness services and ensure no-one need return to rough sleeping28/05/2020 14:05:00
Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has announced new funding of up to £20 million to help ensure that no-one in emergency shelter during the coronavirus crisis has to return to the streets or unsuitable accommodation.
New £150,000 fund to help digital firms develop technology to combat coronavirus28/05/2020 09:05:00
The Welsh Government has announced a £150,000 fund for healthcare firms to find new ways to use digital technology to combat coronavirus.
£640 million reaches businesses in £2.4 billion Welsh Government COVID-19 response27/05/2020 14:05:00
The Finance Minister Rebecca Evans will set out the extraordinary steps the Welsh Government has taken to dedicate more than £2.4 billion to the coronavirus (COVID-19)crisis when the supplementary budget is published later today.
Launching risk assessment to support BAME workers27/05/2020 09:05:00
A new risk assessment was yesterday launched to support people from BAME backgrounds in the NHS and social care in Wales.
Supporting the tourism Industry as visitors are asked to visit Wales. Later.22/05/2020 16:15:00
As another bank holiday approaches Minister for the Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has been urging people to stay home and stay local.
New made-in-Wales blood test for coronavirus22/05/2020 13:10:00
A new made-in-Wales antibody test is being introduced throughout the UK to tell whether people have had coronavirus.