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£160m boost for Welsh roads

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The Welsh Government will spend an extra £600m on infrastructure to stimulate growth according to plans set out in the new draft Budget this week.

The spending includes an extra £160m for road projects over the next two years.

Presenting the Welsh Government’s draft Budget for 2014-15 finance minister Jane Hutt (pictured) said the Welsh budget has faced an unprecedented £1.7bn cut by the UK Government since 2010.

She said: “In this Budget we have been clear about our Priorities for Wales and those areas that we believe need protecting – health, schools and universal benefits. We have also been clear that our focus will continue to rest on creating Growth and Jobs for the Welsh economy.”

The plans include:

Transport:

  • £62m for phase one of a new scheme to create a South East Wales metro system through better bus and rail links. This is in addition to the £11.5m three-year package agreed earlier this year for the Ebbw Vale railway station and extension which is part of the wider scheme.
  • £40m to speed up A465 Heads Of The Valley Dualling – Section 2 – between
    Gilwern and Brynmawr
  • £40m for improvements to the M4 Brynglas Tunnels
  • £17m for improvements to two A55 tunnels in north Wales.
 
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