Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones will today (Monday, June 5th) outline how a UK Labour Government would “supercharge” the Welsh Labour Government’s ability to deliver for North Wales.
Ahead of a whistle-stop campaign tour across North Wales, Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones said:
“The Welsh Labour Government is delivering for North Wales, with huge investment in infrastructure, industry and enterprise – despite huge cuts from the Tories in Westminster.
“The election of a UK Labour Government on June 8th would supercharge our work in North Wales, with a new £1bn investment to transform the transport system in North Wales. But we need to return our superb team of North Wales MPs to Westminster on June 8th to make this happen.
“Ours is a bold and ambitious plan, which would see Labour governments in Wales and Westminster work together to deliver major projects like electrification of the North Wales mainline that would provide the backbone for a new North East Wales Metro and improve transport links to the North of England. The Tories have neglected North Wales for far too long – and Labour is determined to put that right.”
A UK Labour government would end years of Tory underinvestment in national rail infrastructure, committing over £1bn from its National Transformation Fund to one of the biggest programmes of UK Government transport investment in Wales for a generation, radically improving connections to the North of England and unlocking the potential for billions of pounds of investment.
Electrification from North Wales to Crewe, linking the region with HS2, and capacity for new, more frequent services into Liverpool and beyond to the North of England will provide a step-change for the North Wales economy. New, state-of-the-art track and facilities to support the North East Wales Metro will dramatically ease congestion on existing road capacity and support growth right across North Wales through stronger cross-border links.
Improving transport connections between North Wales and the North of England could help create 70,000 jobs and boost the economy by £25bn with improved connectivity providing a much-needed boost to high-potential local businesses.
Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones added:
“Welsh Labour’s commitment to North Wales is absolute – unlike Plaid and the Tories who duck the big challenges, either out of lack of clout with their London bosses or naked political expediency.
“Our recent announcement that the headquarters of the new Development Bank of Wales will be located in North Wales underlines our commitment - we want to put North Wales in the driving seat for powering our nation’s economy.
“Welsh Labour is playing its part in delivering the £14billion Wylfa Newydd project on Ynys Mon, and we recently announced £20m to establish an Advanced Manufacturing and Research Institute which will support key employers in the region like Airbus and help develop game changing new technologies in areas such as aerospace, nuclear and automotive.
“Our Welsh Labour Government plans to invest more than £200m in the A55/A494 corridor, we’re backing a third crossing over the Menai straight to support the economy of North West Wales and we’re ploughing £1m of funding into a new business hub in Wrexham, supporting 100 new businesses.
“The last time the Tories came to North Wales the only imprint they made on the region’s transport system were the tyre marks they left just outside Wrexham as the Prime Minister delivered her screeching u-turn on social care. Only Labour will invest in North Wales communities and deliver the transport network the region’s economy needs to thrive.”