£78m to support local transport projects in Wales


The Welsh Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced £78million of additional funding for local transport projects in Wales.

The funding will be broken down into £26million instalments over the three financial years from 2018/19 onwards.

All 22 local authorities in Wales who made bids for funding to the Welsh Government, with a total of 82 applications totalling £34million, will receive an allocation from the additional in-year funding.

More than 60 projects will either be partially or fully funded during the remainder of 2018/19, with these schemes also providing an additional £7.2 million in match funding. 

Projects across Wales that will benefit from additional funding include the installation of electric car charging facilities in Pembrokeshire, on street cycle hire in Cardiff, and a City Centre Sustainable Transport Study in Newport.

Transport Secretary Ken Skates said: “These schemes have the potential to make a massive difference to people’s everyday lives, with improvements to transport networks, infrastructure and cycle lanes making it easier to choose active and sustainable travel.

“These projects support our ambitions to provide a modern and connected transport infrastructure, whilst further boosting our efforts to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

“This funding could also prove a shot in the arm to the Welsh economy by making it easier for people to travel for both business and leisure.”