The Welsh Government has published its new Transport Strategy ‘Llwybr Newydd’ (New Path), the result of a major consultation over the last year.
It pledges to increase the number of people using public transport, walking and cycling sits and aims to encourage people out of their cars, with a new target for 45% of journeys to be by sustainable means across Wales by 2045, up from 32% currently.
The strategy comes at a time when more than £210 million is being invested across Wales in 2021/22, with more than £115 million allocated to local authorities to spend on transport projects that will support the commitments in Llwybr Newydd.
In addition, £70 million is being made available to Blaenau Gwent County Council to secure an additional train service between Newport and Ebbw Vale and contribute to the long-term ambition of four trains per hour. This funding will enable infrastructure improvements to be taken forward alongside Network Rail and Transport for Wales.
Another investment will see £25 million supporting the Wrexham Gateway project, creating better connected bus and rail transport and redevelopment of the area around Wrexham General.
During 2021/22, £75 million will be spent on active travel, an increase from £5 million at the start of this Welsh Government term.
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, said: “Llwybr Newydd is a landmark moment and will help to fundamentally re-shape transport in Wales. It will encourage new and greener infrastructure and change the way we make decisions about investment in transport right across the country.
“The climate emergency is very real and it means we must take urgent action to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport system in Wales. That’s why we have set bold new targets for more sustainable transport forms like walking, cycling and public transport. This will help reduce reliance on the car by making the sustainable alternatives more appealing.
“Doing this means investing in high quality public transport alternatives and that’s why we are providing more than £210m in transport schemes that will contribute to ambitions in our new plan.
“We’ve made a good start, with major investment in things like Metro, but we know we need to go further and faster and Llwybr Newydd sets us on the path to a transport system genuinely fit for future generations.”