Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced £15.4 million funding for 41 capital projects across Wales to improve public transport, roads and walking and cycling facilities.
The money has been allocated from the Local Transport Fund to projects that will help deliver economic benefits and promote cycling and walking through development of route maps under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The Swansea Bay and Cardiff Capital city region boards were involved in appraising the bids from local authorities in their areas and Sustrans advised on the active travel projects.
The Minister said: “This money will be used to improve public transport, walking and cycling facilities and traffic flows in communities across Wales. The projects selected will support the Welsh government’s priorities for jobs and growth, by improving access to Enterprise Zones, and improving public transport to employment sites. Others will improve access to key facilities and services for those living in disadvantaged areas, and some will encourage active travel and reduce reliance on the car for journeys in the community.”
The projects awarded funding are listed by local authority below.
£125,000 for developing the cycle network on Penarth Road.
£840,000 for the western bus corridor project along Llantrisant Road and Grand Avenue to improve journey times and reliability.
£937,000 for junction improvements on Newport Road and City Road for improved bus journey times and walking and cycling facilities.
£225,000 for walking and cycling facilities.
£150,000 for improving bus corridors.
£100,800 for the Aberystwyth active travel project.
£244,000 to improve active travel links in Rhyl.
£355,000 for the Vale of Clwyd Active Travel Route providing walking and cycling routes connecting residential areas with Denbigh town centre.
£63,000 for preparatory work for the Deeside Integrated Transport strategy.
£100,000 for the Dee Coastal Path – Talacre to Ffynnongroyw section, completing a missing link of the National Cycle Network.
£466,000 for the new Airbus to Saltney active travel route.
£420,000 for a scheme to improve traffic flows and reduce congestion on the B5129 Shotton corridor serving Deeside Enterprise Zone.
£88,021 to fund detailed design work on improvements to the A496 at Llandbedr for the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone.
£260,000 for detailed design of improvements on A496 Maentwrog Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, a key link between Snowdonia Enterprise Zone and Deeside.
£950,000 for improvements, including active travel facilities, to the A493 Pontbren to Nant y Gwenlli
£840,930 for the major Pont Briwet road/rail bridge scheme at Penryndeudraeth, providing an upgraded road bridge with walking and cycling facilities and preserving the integrity of the Cambrian Coast rail line across the Afon Dwyryd.
Isle of Anglesey
£365,000 towards the development of the Llangefni link road scheme, which will improve access to the Anglesey Enterprise Zone site and support growth of Coleg Menai.
£665,000 for walking and cycling links in the town, including to the rail and bus stations, health park and retail park.
£212,000 for cycle path along the Mon and Brecon Canal.
Neath Port Talbot
£1.5m for the Port Talbot to Swansea Bus Corridor – Baglan Energy Park Link Bridge.
£50,000 for the installation of a bridge on the Amman Valley Cycleway.
£170,000 for the Lliswerry to Corporation Road Cycleway.
£400,000 for George Street / Lower Dock Street junction improvement scheme, including new pedestrian crossing facilities.
£775,000 towards the Northern Distributor Network scheme – Bulford Road.
£203,000 for the Pembroke Dock Public Transport Interchange.
£642,000 for the Tenby Public Transport Interchange.
£160,000 for improved cycle networks to Milford Haven and Goodwick stations
£215,000 towards improved walking and cycling facilities along Montgomery Canal
£315,000 for the Newtown Bus interchange.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
£60,000 to protect sections of the Taff Trail at Trallwn from erosion.
£240,000 for improvements to Rhondda Fach bus stops.
£1.5m for the next stage of the Morfa Distributor Road scheme.
£300,000 for the Swansea urban cycle network.
£462,000 for a traffic free route on A4043 Abersychan to Greenway.
£60,000 for the Pontnewynydd link scheme.
£295,000 for a cycle network link near Blaenavon
Vale of Glamorgan
£167,749 for the Porthkerry cycle network phase 2.
£121,500 for a walking and cycling route at Cefn Road linking a large residential area with Wrexham Industrial Estate.
£112,000 for the West Wrexham highway improvements to improve traffic flows and bus journey times.
£200,000 to improve the access junction to Wrexham Maelor Hospital to improve traffic flow, reduce queuing and provide safe pedestrian crossing facilities.
£45,000 for development work on schemes to improve access to key development areas in Wrexham.