Newport can be ‘catalyst’ for Wales wide sustainable transport investment says Rhun ap Iorwerth AM
Plaid Cymru have called for the £1.4bn investment initially intended for the now scrapped M4 relief road to be reinvested towards the development of a long-term vision for a green and sustainable integrated Welsh transport network.
The call follows today’s Plaid Cymru debate on alternatives to the M4 relief road, which would include giving priority to addressing the congestion issues around Newport.
Plaid Cymru’s shadow economy minister, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, said that the £1.4bn should be used as part of a pan-Wales development in sustainable transport and infrastructure investment.
Mr ap Iorwerth said that an integrated and affordable public transport system should be an essential part of this project.
He added that whilst Newport’s growing congestion was a prime example of Wales’ transport woes, it could also be the ‘catalyst’ to ‘provide a solution’.
Rhun ap Iorwerth AM and shadow economy and finance minister said,
“We now have £1.4bn of capital investment at our disposal. Imagine what can be achieved if this was used effectively.
“We still need a long term solution for the congestion around Newport and I’d want to move quickly on this, but this must be as part of a wider package of sustainable investment in Wales’s infrastructure which is long overdue.
“We need to connect our country through a multi-modal, high quality integrated and low carbon public transport system. Let’s get the South Wales Metro up-and-running, let’s look at reopening railways, from Carmerthen-Aberystwyth to Lein Amlwch in my constituency.
“We urgently need to invest in an integrated public transport, ensuring that it is affordable, accessible and a viable alternative to the car. Equal access to public transport is essential to achieving effective, sustainable mobility in Wales’ urban and rural environments as well as increasing local economic investment.
“Newport may be the focus of our transport woes but it can also be the catalyst that provides a solution to the transport woes for the whole of Wales.