Regional News — March 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm — Updated: March 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

£31.4m transport schemes for a connected, safe and active Wales

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Economy Secretary Ken Skates has today announced £31.4 million of grants to local authorities across Wales for transport schemes to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.

The Local transport fund announcement made 22nd March confirmed the  allocation which comprises four different funds; £20 million through the Local Transport Fund, nearly £4 million from the Road Safety Capital Grant, £5.5 million through the Safe Routes in Communities Grant and almost £2 million for road safety education and training programmes.
Ken Skates said:
“I’m delighted with the range of schemes I’ve been able to announce today and commend the high quality of applications we received across these grants.
“It’s also very pleasing that a number of these projects feed directly into some of our key transport priorities such as North East and South Wales Metros, improved local bus services and better choices for communities.
“I had the opportunity to see first hand in Llangefni last week what investment such as this can mean to the wider community – easing congestion, linking communities with training, jobs and Enterprise Zones, supporting economic growth and improving access to public transport and active travel.
“From Deeside Industrial Estate – Access to employment in Flintshire to Fishguard Town Centre Access Improvements in Pembrokeshire, I’m confident that this substantial investment will help have a similar effect on our communities and look forward to communities benefiting at the earliest opportunity.”
The £20m Local Transport Fund will see communities from across Wales benefit from 46 schemes across 20 local authorities, whilst the Road Safety Capital Grant will enable the delivery of 31 road casualty reduction schemes in 16 local authorities. The schemes target the locations and routes across Wales with the highest casualty and collision figures and support our road casualty reduction targets.
The Safe Routes in Communities Grant makes an investment of over £5.5m in 32 schemes that will make a big difference to pupils’ journeys to school by improving walking and cycling routes to schools in 19 local authorities. The grant supports the work that is being done in schools across Wales to encourage more children to walk and cycle to school.
In addition, funding of nearly £2 million will be made available to all local authorities for road safety education and training programmes for, in particular, high risk and vulnerable groups such as children, young people, older drivers and motorcyclists.

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