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Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru agree infrastructure investments

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru have agreed a two-year budget worth £210 million, which will see money go towards a third Menai bridge crossing.

Finance secretary Mark Drakeford said the agreement builds on the 2016 agreement.

Adam Price, Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for finance, business and the economy, said: “This is a Budget Agreement that will deliver for people and communities in all parts of Wales.

“This is a pan-Wales budget agreement, from the Cleddau to the Menai from Wrexham to the Rhondda, from culture to agriculture, from energy and transport to education and health – new ideas for a new Wales.”

The budget allocations for 2018-19 and 2019-20 include:

  • Third Menai bridge crossing – £1 million in 2018-19, and £1 million (from 2018-19) plus £2 million in 2019-20, to support its design and development.
  • Electric charging points - £1 million a year.
  • National transport infrastructure for north-south links, dualling where possible and particular focus on A487. Improvements will also be made to the A470. £15 million has been allocated for 2019-20.

The refreshed work programme for 2018-19 will see further work to explore extensions to the South Wales Metro network take place, including connecting Maerdy and Rhondda Fach.

Additionally, an exploration of the commission an energy atlas for Wales will take place, which will see a national inventory of green energy potential in Wales.

The budget outlines a commitment to fund the development of the strategic outline case for the Swansea Bay and Western Valley Metro proposal.

The Budget Agreement can be found on the Welsh Government website (pdf).

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