29/03/2010

Transport Plans Set For Wales

A final National Transport Plan for Wales was publish today.

The plan sets out how the Welsh Assembly will deliver the One Wales vision of a modern and sustainable transport system for the country.

Welsh Transport Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said the aim of the plan is to ensure a system of transport fit for the 21st century based on enhanced mobility, sustainable and less carbon-intensive path

The Minister said: "We are working to improve bus and rail services. We are also aiming to increase the number of people walking or cycling, and through our programme of Sustainable Travel Centres we will invest in new, and link existing, walking and cycling routes."

Mr Jones also said that in developing the transport system the Welsh Assembly Government will continue to support economic prosperity, especially when faced with the global challenges of an economic downturn.

"This means a transport system that allows people to access services and removes barriers for people seeking jobs, particularly in less prosperous areas," he said.

"We must ensure that our poorer communities, including those hit hardest by recent economic downturn, can benefit from a resurgent nation."

The National Transport Plan, which was announced by the Minister in July last year, is set out in a way that reflects the four main movement corridors in Wales – east-west in the north, mid and south, and north-south.

(PR/BMcc)

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