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Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 January 2021

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Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has always been clear that a central motive for his passionate desire to build more greenfield housing is to enable more young people to own their a home of their own. -apos-We will keep building and build back better, delivering the homes people need, and ensuri...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 December 2020

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Confused messages in Welsh transport plans

Added on 23 September 2016

The Welsh Government has set out a five-year plans for a sustainable economy and public services, but its commitment to motorway construction as well as public transport indicates continuing conflict in its aims.

First minister Carwyn Jones said the five-year plan, Taking Wales Forward, makes clear a relentless focus on improving the economy and public services, making Wales prosperous, secure, healthy, active, ambitious, learning, united and connected.

On the environment, its aims include working towards an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Its transport proposals, however, include a substantial increase in emissions by building the 24km M4 relief road and improvements to the A55, A40 and other trunk roads.

The document does, however, include a commitment to creating a South Wales Metro system and to advance development of a metro for north Wales.

The Campaign for Better Transport welcomed the commitment to public transport, including tackling lack of funding for buses.

But it said it was disappointing this would be undermined by the M4 plans whose £1bn cost would starve the transport system of essential investment.

"A new motorway across the Gwent Levels would be hugely expensive in both financial and environmental terms, and its construction would take Wales backward not forward," said head of campaigns James MacColl.

Taking Wales Forward

Campaign for Better Transport

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