New plans to improve infrastructure in Wales over the next 30 years and beyond have been outlined by Welsh Labour’s Economy Secretary, Ken Skates.
The Welsh Labour Government plans to establish a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales that will provide advice, analysis and recommendations on Wales’ longer term strategic infrastructure needs.
The new Commission is intended to inform and strengthen decision making around major projects in Wales and create the right conditions for stable and long-term investment. Once up and running it will provide technical expert advice on decisions around all economic and environmental infrastructure in Wales including energy, transport, water and sewerage, drainage, digital communications and flood management. The Welsh Government wants the Commission to be up and running in the next 12 months.
Establishing a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales is a Programme for Government commitment and the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales will publish an annual report on its work as well as undertake individual commissioned projects. It will also work alongside the UK Infrastructure Commission where responsibilities interact. The Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan would continue to be set by the Welsh Government, informed by the work of the new Commission.
The proposals are set out in a Welsh Government consultation which is open until 9 January 2017. The consultation can be found here.