Plaid demands urgent answers on future of Llandeilo and Ammanford bypass

‘£1billion M4 relief road will decimate west Wales infrastructure plans’

Plaid Cymru politicians have called for urgent answers on the future of a Llandeilo and Ammanford bypass after the Welsh Government announced it would be spending £1billion on an M4 relief road around Newport.

Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards said the decision by the Labour government ignores common sense and looks set to suck infrastructure investment away from the rest of Wales. He has today called for confirmation that the infrastructure in Carmarthenshire will not be jeopardised by the decision.

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Transport, Edwina Hart, announced on Wednesday that she had approved the ‘black route’ of the proposed relief road scheme, with costs in the region of £1billion.
Plaid Cymru, the Federation of Small Businesses and transport experts have said the ‘blue route’ was the preferred option as it would achieve the same outcome, would have a lesser impact on the environment and would crucially cost half the price of the black route.

An Assembly Committee is due to publish its inquiry report into the M4 relief road next week which is expected to condemn the process of selecting the black route, but the Welsh government has announced its decision regardless.

MP Jonathan Edwards branded the decision reckless, and said the powers granted to the Welsh government to borrow – a result of years of campaigning – will be undermined by the Labour party maxing out the credit card on one project in the south-east of Wales.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP, and Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards said:

“The Labour Welsh government’s decision to bulldoze its way with the M4 relief road at a cost of £1billion is reckless. In will inevitably endanger other infrastructure projects throughout Wales, including the Llandeilo bypass and a proposed Ammanford relief road.

“Plaid Cymru has fought for years for the Welsh government to be given powers to borrow money for investment. It made no sense to us whatsoever that a community council can borrow money, but our national government couldn’t. Now these borrowing powers are coming, the Labour party will max-out the nation’s credit card on a single project.

“There is a more cost effective and more environmentally friendly way of implementing the relief road around Newport which will not endanger other infrastructure projects throughout Wales.

“I fear the Labour party’s decision to spend one billion pound on just 15 miles of road will jeopardise projects here in Carmarthenshire. I’ve therefore written to the Minister today and requested a categorical assurance that the Llandeilo bypass scheme will not be side-lined, and have requested a start date for that work.

“Infrastructure projects always cost more than projected – High Speed Rail is a prime example which has already doubled in price to around forty billion pounds without a single mile of railway track installed.

“Since being elected to Parliament I have fought for Wales to receive its fair share from that high speed rail investment in England. Now more than ever the Welsh government needs to support Plaid Cymru’s campaign or risk having no money whatsoever to invest in roads, schools and hospitals in the rest of Wales.”

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