North Wales Road Links with Mid Wales targeted by budget deal

North Wales Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts has welcomed a deal negotiated by the Welsh Liberal Democrats to not oppose the Welsh Labour Government’s budget in return for some key policy and investment demands.

These include improvements to two major road links with Mid Wales and the abandonment of any construction work on a £1 billion plan to improve the M4 around Newport.

North Wales Road Links with Mid Wales targeted by Lib Dem budget deal

North Wales Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts has welcomed a deal negotiated by the Welsh Liberal Democrats to not oppose the Welsh Labour Government’s budget in return for some key policy and investment demands.

These include improvements to two major road links with Mid Wales and the abandonment of any construction work on a £1 billion plan to improve the M4 around Newport.

 The Dyfi Bridge on the A487 at Machynlleth linking Gwynedd with Powys will be replaced at a cost of £22m following the budget deal between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Labour’s Welsh Government.

 ”Having been a student at Aberystwyth, I know that this bridge is a key link between North Wales and the University town,” commented Aled Roberts. “The crossing has been repeatedly damaged in recent years when floods or accidents have resulted in travellers from North Wales facing a 20 mile detour.”

 ”This could not continue and I am pleased that a new bridge will be built because it will give a boost to the local economy.

 ”One of the key demands in the recent budget negotiations between the Liberal Democrats and Labour’s Welsh Government was that, apart from environmental investigations, work should not commence on the decision to spend £1 billion on improving the M4 around Newport.

 ”The channeling of some much investment monies to one place in South Wales when there were cheaper options available was never understandable to the vast majority of people in North Wales. Other schemes have now been adopted in the budget deal including replacing the Dyfi Bridge and preparatory works on the A483 Pant and Llanymynech bypass.

 ”Schemes have been discussed in the past but we hope that agreement can now be reached so that this vital link for people coming from North Wales can be improved. Preparatory works are the first step.”


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