Apprentices helping to build Newton Bypass

Welsh Economy and Infrastructure Secretary Ken Skates has met with eight of the apprentices that are helping to ensure the Newtown bypass is completed on time.

Work on the £92 million project started in February and will connect the A489 and A483, alleviating Newtown town centre’s traffic problems and improving accessibility. Work is expected to be completed by 2019.

The contractors, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd have created the apprenticeships through the Project Skills academy as part of their commitment to the local community. A further eight are in the pipeline.

Mr Skates said: “I’m delighted to see the progress that’s being made here on this important road and to meet the impressive young individuals who are gaining experience and skills through the excellent Project Skills Academy.

“Infrastructure is too often seen as just tarmac and building sites. What’s often lost is the importance infrastructure has on the communities and local economies. With this project, it’s there for all to see, both in the short-term, through the local apprenticeships and jobs it’s created and in the longer-term, by relieving Newtown of its congestion problems and helping it reach its economic potential.

“It’s great to see the bypass taking shape and I look forward to seeing it completed and helping facilitate further growth in the area.”

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